1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and incline your ear to my prudence,
2 so that you may guard your thinking, and so that your lips may preserve discipline. Do not pay attention to the deceit of a woman.
3 For the lips of a loose woman are like a dripping honeycomb, and her voice is smoother than oil.
4 But in the end, she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet descend into death, and her steps reach even to Hell.
6 They do not walk along the path of life; her steps are wandering and untraceable.
7 Therefore, my son, listen to me now, and do not withdraw from the words of my mouth.
8 Make your way at a distance from her, and do not approach the doors of her house.
9 Do not give your honor to foreigners, and your years to the cruel.
10 Otherwise, outsiders may be filled with your strength, and your labors may be in a foreign house,
11 and you may mourn in the end, when you will have consumed your flesh and your body. And so you may say:
12 Why have I detested discipline, and why has my heart not been quieted by correction?
13 And why have I not listened to the voice of those who guided me? And why has my ear not inclined to my teachers?
14 I have almost been with all evil in the midst of the church and of the assembly.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern and from the springs of your own well.
16 Let your fountains be diverted far and wide, and divide your waters in the streets.
17 Hold them for yourself alone, and do not let strangers be partakers with you.
18 Let your spring be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth:
19 a beloved doe and most pleasing fawn. Let her breasts inebriate you at all times. Be delighted continually by her love.
20 Why are you seduced, my son, by a strange woman, and why are you kept warm by the bosom of another?
21 The Lord beholds the ways of man, and he considers all his steps.
22 His own iniquities take hold of the impious, and he is bound by the cords of his own sins.
23 He shall die, for he has not held to discipline. And by the multitude of his foolishness, he shall be deceived.
1 My son, if you have taken a pledge on behalf of your friend, then you have bound your hand to an outsider,
2 then you are ensnared by the words of your own mouth, and taken captive by your own words.
3 Therefore, my son, do what I say, and free yourself, for you have fallen into the hand of your neighbor. Run, hurry, awaken your friend.
4 Do not grant sleep to your eyes, nor let your eyelids slumber.
5 Rescue yourself like a gazelle from the hand, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you lazy one, and consider her ways, and so learn wisdom.
7 For though she has no ruler, nor instructor, nor leader,
8 she provides meals for herself in the summer, and she gathers at the harvest what she may eat.
9 How long will you slumber, you lazy one? When will you rise up from your sleep?
10 You will sleep a little, you will slumber a little, you will fold your hands a little to sleep,
11 and then destitution will meet with you, like a traveler, and poverty, like an armed man. Yet truly, if you would be diligent, then your harvest will arrive like a fountain, and destitution will flee far from you.
12 An apostate man, a harmful man, walks with a perverse mouth;
13 he winks with the eyes, touches with the foot, speaks with the finger.
14 With a depraved heart he devises evil, and at all times he sows conflict.
15 To this one, his perdition will arrive promptly, and he shall be crushed suddenly: he will no longer have any remedy.
16 Six things there are that the Lord hates, and the seventh, his soul detests:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises the most wicked thoughts, feet running swiftly unto evil,
19 a deceitful witness bringing forth lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.
20 My son, preserve the precepts of your father, and do not dismiss the law of your mother.
21 Bind them to your heart unceasingly, and encircle them around your throat.
22 When you walk, let them keep step with you. When you sleep, let them guard you. And when you keep watch, speak with them.
23 For commandment is a lamp, and law is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.
24 So may they guard you from an evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the outsider.
25 Let not your heart desire her beauty; do not be captivated by her winks.
26 For the price of a prostitute is only one loaf. Yet the woman seizes the precious soul of a man.
27 Would a man be able to conceal fire in his bosom, so that his garments would not burn?
28 Or could he walk over burning coals, so that his feet would not be burned?
29 So also, he who enters to the wife of his neighbor shall not be clean when he touches her.
30 Not so great is the fault when someone has stolen. For he steals so as to satisfy a hungry soul.
31 Also, if he is apprehended, he shall repay sevenfold and hand over all the substance of his house.
32 But whoever is an adulterer, because of the emptiness of his heart, will destroy his own soul.
33 He gathers shame and dishonor to himself, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For the jealousy and fury of the husband will not spare him on the day of vindication,
35 nor will he agree to the pleadings of anyone, nor will he accept, as repayment, a multitude of gifts.
1 And it happened that, when the surrounding nations heard that the altar and the sanctuary had been rebuilt as before, they were very angry.
2 And they intended to destroy the people of Jacob that were among them, and they began to kill some of the people, and to persecute them.
3 Then Judas defeated in warfare the sons of Esau in Idumea, and those who were in Akrabattene, because they besieged the Israelites, and he struck them with a great scourging.
4 And he remembered the malice of the sons of Baean, who were a snare and a scandal to the people, lying in ambush for them in the way.
5 And they were trapped by him in the towers, and he took up a position near them, and he anathematized them, and he burned their towers with fire, along with all who were in them.
6 Then he crossed over to the sons of Ammon, and he found a strong hand, and an abundant people, and Timothy was their commander.
7 And he engaged in many battles with them, and they were crushed in their sight, and he struck them down.
8 And he seized the city of Jazer, and her sister cities, and he returned to Judea.
9 And the Gentiles, who were in Gilead, gathered together against the Israelites, who were within their borders, to take them away, and so they fled into the fortress of Dathema.
10 And they sent letters to Judas and his brothers, saying: “The Gentiles all around have been gathering together against us to carry us away.
11 And they are preparing to come and occupy the fortress into which we have fled. And Timothy is the commander of their army.
12 Now, therefore, come and rescue us from their hands, for many of us have fallen.
13 And all our brothers, who were in the places of Tob, have been put to death. And they have led away as captives their wives, and their children, and their spoils. And they have slain nearly a thousand men in that place.”
14 And while they were still reading these letters, behold, there arrived from Galilee other messengers, with torn garments, who announced according to these words:
15 saying that those of Ptolemais and Tyre and Sidon have assembled against them, “and all of Galilee has been filled with foreigners, in order to consume us.”
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end to all persecution: thy commandment is exceeding broad.
97 MEM. O how have I loved thy law, O Lord! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my enemies: for it is ever with me.
99 I have understood more than all my teachers: because thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I have had understanding above ancients: because I have sought thy commandments.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way: that I may keep thy words.
1 You should not rebuke an old man, but rather plead with him, as if he were your father; with young men, like brothers;
2 with old women, like mothers; with young women, in all chastity, like sisters.
3 Honor those widows who are true widows.
4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let her first learn to manage her own household, and to fulfill, in turn, her own obligation to her parents; for this is acceptable before God.
5 But she who is truly a widow and is destitute, let her hope in God, and let her be urgent in supplications and prayers, night and day.
6 For she who is living in pleasures is dead, while living.
7 And give instruction in this, so that they may be beyond reproach.
8 But if anyone has no concern for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith, and he is worse than an unbeliever.
9 Let a widow be chosen who is no less than sixty years of age, who was the wife of one husband,
10 who has testimony of her good works: whether she has educated children, or has provided hospitality, or has washed the feet of the saints, or has ministered to those suffering tribulation, or has pursued any kind of good work.
11 But avoid the younger widows. For once they have flourished in Christ, they will want to marry,
12 resulting in damnation, because they have disregarded the primacy of faith.
13 And being at the same time also idle, they learn to go from house to house, being not only idle, but also talkative and curious, speaking of things which do not concern them.
14 Therefore, I want the younger women to marry, to procreate children, to be mothers of families, to provide no ready opportunity for the adversary to speak evil.
15 For certain ones have already been turned back to Satan.
16 If any among the faithful have widows, let him minister to them and not burden the Church, so that there may be enough for those who are true widows.
17 Let priests who lead well be held worthy of twice the honor, especially those who labor in the Word and in doctrine.
18 For Scripture says: “You shall not muzzle an ox as it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker is worthy of his pay.”
19 Do not be willing to accept an accusation against a priest, except under two or three witnesses.
20 Reprove sinners in the sight of everyone, so that the others may have fear.
21 I testify before God and Christ Jesus and the elect Angels, that you should observe these things without prejudgment, doing nothing which shows favoritism to either side.
22 You should not be quick to impose hands on anyone, nor should you take part in the sins of outsiders. Keep yourself chaste.
23 Do not continue to drink only water, but make use of a little wine, for the sake of your stomach and your frequent infirmities.
24 The sins of some men have been made manifest, preceding them to judgment, but those of others are manifested later.
25 Similarly, too, good deeds have been made manifest, but even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden.