Ben Sira 20:22-31

22 You can lose all your self-respect by being reluctant to speak up in the presence of stupidity.
23 If you promise a friend something because you are too bashful to say no, you're needlessly making an enemy.
24 Lying is an ugly blot on a person's character, but ignorant people do it all the time.
25 A thief is better than a habitual liar, but both are headed for ruin.
26 A liar has no honor. He lives in constant disgrace.
27 Speak wisely, and you will get ahead in the world. Influential people appreciate good sense.
28 They will excuse your errors if they like you, so cultivate the soil and reap the harvest!
29 Gifts and bribes make even the wise blind to the truth, and prevent them from being honest in their criticism.
30 Wisdom that is not expressed is like a treasure that has been hidden - both are useless.
31 But a person who covers up his foolishness is better than one who keeps his wisdom to himself.
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