Sirach 1:21

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

19 She rained down knowledge and discerning comprehension, and she heightened the glory of those who held her fast. 20 To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom, and her branches are long life. 21 A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. 22 Unjust anger cannot be justified, for anger tips the scale to one's ruin. 23 Those who are patient stay calm until the right moment, and then cheerfulness comes back to them. 24 They hold back their words until the right moment; then the lips of many tell of their good sense. 25 In the treasuries of wisdom are wise sayings, but godliness is an abomination to a sinner.

John Chrysostom Homily 29 on Acts


I beseech and entreat you not to think it enough to have invaded the Church, but that you also withdraw hence, having taken somewhat, some medicine, for the curing of your own maladies: and, if not from us, at any rate from the Scriptures, you have the remedies suitable for each. For instance, is any passionate? Let him attend to the Scripture-readings, and he will of a surety find such either in history or exhortation. In exhortation, when it is said, The sway of his fury is his destruction; and, A passionate man is not seemly; and such like: and again, A man full of words shall not prosper; and Christ again, He that is angry with his brother without a cause; and again the Prophet, Be angry, and sin not; and, Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce. And in histories, as when you hear of Pharaoh filled with much wrath, and the Assyrian. Again, is any one taken captive by love of money? Let him hear, that There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for this man sets even his own soul for sale; and how Christ says, You cannot serve God and mammon; and the Apostle, that the love of money is a root of all evils; and the Prophet, If riches flow in, set not your heart upon them; and many other like sayings. And from the histories you hear of Gehazi, Judas, the chief scribes, and that gifts blind the eyes of the wise. Is another proud? Let him hear that God resists the proud; and, Pride is the beginning of sin and, Every one that has a high heart, is impure before the Lord. And in the histories, the devil, and all the rest. In a word, since it is impossible to recount all, let each choose out from the Divine Scriptures the remedies for his own hurts.

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