Careful with your secrets (Sir 13:12-13:14)

“Cruel are those

Who do not keep your secrets.

They will not spare you harm.

They will not spare you imprisonment.

Be on your guard!

Be very careful!

You are walking about

With your own downfall.

When you hear these things

In your sleep,

Wake up!

During all your life.

Love the Lord.

Call on him for your salvation. ”

Sirach warns that the cruelest people are the ones who do not keep your secrets. In fact, they are out to harm you and put you in prison. Be on your guard and careful when you are walking around. Your downfall can come at any time.  When you hear these things when you are asleep, wake up. You should love the Lord your whole life for he will bring salvation to you.

The reprimands (Sir 1:28-1:30)

“Do not disobey the fear of the Lord!

Do not approach him with a divided mind!

Do not be a hypocrite before others!

Keep watch over your lips!

Do not exalt yourself!

Otherwise you may fall.

You may bring dishonor upon yourself.

The Lord will reveal your secrets.

He will overthrow you

Before the whole congregation.

You did not come

In the fear of the Lord.

Your heart was full of deceit.”

Now we have a series of reprimands. You were not to disobey the fear of the Lord. You should not have a divided mind. You should not be hypocrites. You should watch your lips. You should not exalt yourself. If you fall, you bring dishonor to yourself. The Lord would reveal your secrets. He would overthrow you before the whole congregation. If your heart is deceitful, you did not come with the fear of the Lord.