Beware of killers (Sir 9:13-9:13)

“Keep far from those

Who have the power to kill.

You will not be haunted by the fear of death.

But if you do approach them,

Make no misstep.

They may rob you of your life.

Know that you are stepping among snares.

You are walking on the city battlements.”

Watch out for those who have the power to kill. You should worry about death. Do not approach them, but it you do, watch your step. They may rob you of your life. Know that you are walking among the traps in the city.