Ben Sira 16:2-12

2 If they multiply, do not rejoice in them, unless the fear of the Lord is in them.
3 Do not trust in their survival, or rely on their numbers; for one can be better than a thousand, and to die childless is better than to have ungodly children.
4 For through one intelligent person a city can be filled with people, but through a clan of outlaws it becomes desolate.
5 Many such things my eye has seen, and my ear has heard things more striking than these.
6 In an assembly of sinners a fire is kindled, and in a disobedient nation wrath blazes up.
7 He did not forgive the ancient giants who revolted in their might.
8 He did not spare the neighbors of Lot, whom he loathed on account of their arrogance.
9 He showed no pity on the doomed nation, on those dispossessed because of their sins;
10 or on the six hundred thousand foot soldiers who assembled in their stubbornness.
11 Even if there were only one stiff-necked person, it would be a wonder if he remained unpunished. For mercy and wrath are with the Lord; he is mighty to forgive—but he also pours out wrath.
12 Great as is his mercy, so also is his chastisement; he judges a person according to his or her deeds.
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