“Do not contend with the powerful.
Otherwise you may fall into their hands.
Do not quarrel with the rich.
Otherwise their resources may outweigh yours.
Gold has ruined many.
Gold has perverted the minds of kings.
Do not argue with the loud of mouth.
Do not heap wood on their fire.”
Sirach has some common sense prudent statements about life. Do not argue with powerful people or you might fall into their hands. Do not quarrel with the rich because they have more resources than you have. Don’t let your life be ruined by gold, as some kings have. Don’t argue with loud-mouthed people because you are only putting more wood on their fire.