Sirach 23

1 Lord, Father, and master of my life, don't abandon me to their will, and don't let me fall because of them.
2 Who will station whips to keep my thoughts in line and set the discipline of wisdom over my heart, so that I might not be spared my faults due to ignorance and my sins not go unnoticed?
3 Otherwise, my acts of ignorance might multiply, and my sins might increase, and I'll fall before my adversaries, and my enemy will rejoice over me.
4 Lord, Father, God of my life, don't let me have prideful eyes
5 turn desire away from me.
6 Don't allow gluttony or sexual desire to overtake me, and don't hand me over to a shameless spirit.

Instruction about the mouth

7 Listen, my children, to instruction about your mouth; whoever follows my instruction will never succumb to it.
8 The lips of sinners will seize them and make abusers and the arrogant stumble.
9 Don't let your mouth get used to making solemn pledges, and don't get accustomed to saying the name of the holy one.
10 Just as a household slave who is constantly examined won't be lacking bruises, so also the person who always swears and speaks the Lord's name will never be cleansed from sin.
11 People who make many solemn pledges will be full of lawlessness, and a scourge won't depart from their house. If they break their solemn pledges, their sin is on them, and if they disregard it, they sin doubly, and if they swear falsely, they won't be justified, but their houses will be full of misery.
12 There is a way of speaking that's comparable to death; don't let it be found among Jacob's descendants. All these things will stay far away from the godly, and they will not wallow in their sins.
13 Don't grow accustomed to saying coarse things, because to do so is to engage in sinful speech.
14 Remember your father and mother, because you sit in the council among officials. This way, you won't forget yourself in front of them and act foolishly out of habit— then you'd wish that you hadn't been born, and you'd curse the day of your birth
15 People who are accustomed to reproachful words will never learn anything their whole life.

On sex

16 Two types of people multiply sins, and a third will bring wrath. A hot temperament that burns like fire will never be quenched until it is spent. People who are promiscuous with their kin will never stop until the fire burns out.
17 To promiscuous people all bread is sweet; they don't become weary until they die.
18 There are people who violate their marriage bed, saying to themselves, Who will see me? Darkness envelops me; the walls hide me; no one will see me. Why do I have a care? The Most High will never recall my sins.
19 They fear human eyes, but they are unaware that the eye of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun; they observe all the ways of human beings and look into hidden places
20 Before all things were created, God knew them; so as well after they were finished.
21 These people will be punished in the streets of the city, and when they least expect it, they will be seized
22 So it is with a woman when she is unfaithful to her husband and she presents him with an heir by another man.
23 First, she's disobeyed the Law of the Most High; second, she's wronged her husband; third, she's committed adultery by her illicit sexual behavior and produced children by another man.
24 She will be led into the assembly, and her punishment will be upon her children.
25 Her children won't take root, and her branches won't bear fruit.
26 She will leave behind a cursed memory, and her reproach won't be wiped clean.
27 And those who remain will know that nothing is better than fearing the Lord, and nothing is sweeter than keeping the Lord's commandments.
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