Sirach 5:1-15

1 Do not rely on your wealth, or say, “I have enough.”
2 Do not follow your inclination and strength in pursuing the desires of your heart.
3 Do not say, “Who can have power over me?” for the Lord will surely punish you.
4 Do not say, “I sinned, yet what has happened to me?” for the Lord is slow to anger.
5 Do not be so confident of forgiveness that you add sin to sin.
6 Do not say, “His mercy is great, he will forgive the multitude of my sins,” for both mercy and wrath are with him, and his anger will rest on sinners.
7 Do not delay to turn back to the Lord, and do not postpone it from day to day; for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will come upon you, and at the time of punishment you will perish.
8 Do not depend on dishonest wealth, for it will not benefit you on the day of calamity.
9 Do not winnow in every wind, or follow every path.
10 Stand firm for what you know, and let your speech be consistent.
11 Be quick to hear, but deliberate in answering.
12 If you know what to say, answer your neighbor; but if not, put your hand over your mouth.
13 Honor and dishonor come from speaking, and the tongue of mortals may be their downfall.
14 Do not be called double-tongued and do not lay traps with your tongue; for shame comes to the thief, and severe condemnation to the double-tongued.
15 In great and small matters cause no harm.

New Testament

James 1:19-27

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 20 For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 21 So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. 23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out—he will be blessed in what he does. 26 If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their adversity and to keep oneself unstained by the world.