Reckless speech (Sir 9:17-9:18)

“A work is praised

For the skill of the artisan.

Thus a people’s leader

Is proved wise

By his words.

The loud of mouth

Are feared in their city.

The one who is reckless

In speech

Is hated.”

We praise the work of an artisan craftsman. So too, we praise the wise words of a leader. On the other hand, the loud-mouthed are feared in their city. We hate them for their reckless speech.

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