Ecclesiasticus Chapter 8
Other lessons of wisdom and virtue.
8:1. Strive not with a powerful man, lest thou fall into his hands.
8:2. Contend not with a rich man, lest he bring an action against thee.
8:3. For gold and silver hath destroyed many, and hath reached even to the heart of kings, and perverted them.
8:4. Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire.
8:5. Communicate not with an ignorant man, lest he speak ill of thy family.
8:6. Despise not a man that turneth away from sin, nor reproach him therewith: remember that we are all worthy of reproof.
8:7. Despise not a man in his old age; for we also shall become old.
8:8. Rejoice not at the death of thy enemy; knowing that we all die, and are not willing that others should rejoice at our death.
8:9. Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs.
8:10. For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction of understanding, and to serve great men without blame.
8:11. Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers:
8:12. For of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give an answer in time of need.
8:13. Kindle not the coals of sinners by rebuking them, lest thou be burnt with the flame of the fire of their sins.
8:14. Stand not against the face of an injurious person, lest he sit as a spy to entrap thee in thy words.
8:15. Lend not to a man that is mightier than thyself: and if thou lendest, count it as lost.
8:16. Be not surety above thy power: and if thou be surety, think as if thou wert to pay it.
8:17. Judge not against a judge: for he judgeth according to that which is just.
8:18. Go not on the way with a bold man, lest he burden thee with his evils: for he goeth according to his own will, and thou shalt perish together with his folly.
8:19. Quarrel not with a passionate man, and go not into the desert with a bold man: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help he will overthrow thee.
8:20. Advise not with fools, for they cannot love but such things as please them.
8:21. Before a stranger do no matter of counsel: for thou knowest not what he will bring forth.
8:22. Open not thy heart to every man: lest he repay thee with an evil turn, and speak reproachfully to thee.