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德训篇 Sirach
1不要依恃不义的财物,也不要说:为我的生活已经够了,因为在报复和灾难时,这些都无用处。1Do not rely on your wealth. Do not say, "I am self-sufficient."
2不要顺从你的偏情和你的能力,去满足你心中的欲望。2Do not let yourself be carried away by greed and violence; they would make you their slave.
3不要说:谁能宰制我?谁能因我的行为屈服我?因为上主必要报复。3Do not say, "Who can stop me?" For the Lord has power to punish you.
4不要说:我犯了罪,遭受了什么灾殃?因为上主是富于含忍的报复者。4Do not say, "I have sinned and nothing has happened!" For the Lord bides his time.
5关于罪的赦免,应心怀恐惧之情,免得罪上加罪。5Do not be so sure of pardon when you are heaping sin upon sin.
6不要说:他的仁慈宽大,我纵有许多罪过,必蒙赦免;6Do not say, "His compassion is great! He will forgive the vast number of my sins!" For with him is mercy but also anger; his fury will be poured out on sinners.
7因为,怜悯和义怒皆系于他,他的愤怒将在罪人身上得以平息。7Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off from day to day. For suddenly the anger of the Lord will blaze forth and you will perish on the day of reckoning.
8归向上主,不要迟缓,不要一天一天地拖延;8Do not rely on riches wrongfully acquired for they will be of no use to you on the day of wrath.
9因为,上主的义怒忽然降来,他要在报复的日期,将你消灭。9Do not be swayed by every wind nor try to walk by every path, as does the sinner who is accustomed to lie.
10不要依靠不义之财,因为在义怒的日子,它们于你毫无用处。10Remain firm in your convictions, and be consistent in your speech.
11不可任意随风簸扬;不可见路就走,有如一口两舌的罪人。11Be ready to listen, and know how to wait before giving your reply.
12你当坚持你的主意;你的言语,应当前后一致。又当坚持你良心的真理和明智;如此,和平与正义的言语,便常与你相随。12If you know what you are saying, answer your neighbor; if not, it is better to say nothing.
13听话要快,答复要慢。13Your words can bring you honor and dishonor; a man's tongue brings about his downfall.
14你若有所知,就可答复别人;否则,就应把手按在口上;这样,你就不致说出冒失的话来,而自招羞辱。14Do not let yourself be known as a scandalmonger or a deceiver. For if shame is the lot of the robber, severe condemnation is the lot of the liar.
15光荣与羞辱,全在乎言语;人的唇舌,能使人招致丧亡。15Do not sin in big things nor in little things, and from being a friend do not turn into an enemy. An evil reputation brings in its train shame and disgrace; such is the lot of the sinner who is accustomed to lying.
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