Angel Writings, Stories, Scripture, Poetry

Preservation of Friendship

Sirach 22

19 One who jabs the eye brings tears: he who pierces the heart bares its feelings.

20 He who throws stones at birds drives them away,

and he who insults a friend breaks up the friendship.

21 Should you draw a sword against a friend, despair not, it can be undone.

22 Should you speak sharply to a friend, fear not, you can be reconciled. But a contemptuous insult, a confidence broken, or a treacherous attack will drive away any friend.

23 Make fast friends with a man while he is poor; thus will you enjoy his prosperity with him. In time of trouble remain true to him, so as to share in his inheritance when it comes.

24 Before flames burst forth an oven smokes; so does abuse come before bloodshed.

25 From a friend in need of support no one need hide in shame;

26 But from him who brings harm to his friend all will stand aloof who hear of it.

27 Who will set a guard over my mouth, and upon my lips an effective seal, That I may not fail through them, that my tongue may not destroy me?

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