Secrets (Sir 8:17-8:19)

“Do not consult with fools!

They cannot keep a secret.

In the presence of strangers,

Do nothing that is to be kept secret!

You do not know

What they will divulge.

Do not reveal your thoughts to anyone!

You may drive away your happiness.”

Sirach’s recommendations continue with some words about secrets. Do not consult with fools, which is obvious. They cannot keep a secret. Do not let strangers know what you are doing. You have no idea who or what they will tell about your actions. Do not let anyone know your thoughts because that could lead to your unhappiness.