Psalm 1:1-6 and Sirach 5:1-8
1 Blessed is the man who has not followed the counsel of the impious, and has not remained in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the chair of pestilence.
2 But his will is with the law of the Lord, and he will meditate on his law, day and night.
3 And he will be like a tree that has been planted beside running waters, which will provide its fruit in its time, and its leaf will not fall away, and all things whatsoever that he does will prosper.
4 Not so the impious, not so. For they are like the dust that the wind casts along the face of the earth.
5 Therefore, the impious will not prevail again in judgment, nor sinners in the council of the just.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the just. And the path of the impious will pass away.
1 Do not choose to seek iniquitous possessions, and you should not say: "I have all I need in life." For it will be of no benefit to you in the time of retribution and darkness.
2 You should not pursue, in your strength, the desires of your heart.
3 And you should not say: "How powerful am I?" or, "Who will cast me down because of my deeds?" For God will vindicate with vengeance.
4 You should not say, "I sinned, and what grief has befallen me?" For the Most High is a patient recompensor.
5 Do not be willing to be without fear concerning a forgiven sin, and you should not add sin upon sin.
6 And you should not say: "The compassion of the Lord is great; he will take pity on the multitude of my sins."
7 For both mercy and wrath go forth quickly from him, and his wrath sets its gaze upon sinners.
8 You should not delay being converted to the Lord, and you should not set it aside from day to day.
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