A good and a bad city (Sir 16:4-16:5)

“Through one intelligent person,

A city can be filled with people.

But through a clan of outlaws,

A city becomes desolate.

Many such things

My eye has seen.

My ear has heard things

More striking than these.”

One intelligent person can help to populate a whole city. On the other hand, a gang of outlaws can lead to a desolate city. Sirach’s eyes and ears have seen and heard many strange and striking things.