Ecclesiastics 10: Conciliation- the act of soothing away anger.
Wisdom: The passage says that conciliation pacifies great offences. A soft word turns away wrath. I have trouble with using soft words; well I used to have trouble. It has taken months of concentration a couple of years actually. Which really isn’t too bad, I had been using angry words all my life. That is because there was not much happiness in my life. We were poor to the point of almost homeless poor, often hungry poor. It is hard to be happy when you are hungry. I did not wear nice clothes, they were full of patches, and they were clean but well worn. Often my clothes did not fit very well. As a result, I was frequently the bunt of ridicule. This combination does not make a happy child. I carried the anger into adulthood. This behavior is not easily eradicated. It is difficult to change your demeanor from an angry person to a person that is able to remain calm and ignore insults. It has taken years for me to figure out how to dress. It has taken years for me to change my pattern to a pacifier rather than someone who reacts to anger. The more I read the Bible, the more I realize being a pacifier, controlling my anger; is Biblical. It is just like everything else, practice makes perfect. I work hard to keep control of my tongue. The one place I excelled. I have the gift of words. I understand words and languages come easy. I quickly learned to turn the insults to the state of my appearance into complex taunts carefully crafted to make the recipient feel stupid not just stupid completely and utterly ridiculous. This was a poor use of my talent. Since then I have realized God expects me to use this talent to make people feel better. To help people understand that how they feel is not abnormal. Everyone struggles with something greed, anger, or feeling worthless…, the list is endless. The thing is when we give into these feelings, we give into poor choices, or temptation; we lose and the evil one wins. We are not being wise and therefore not successful. Remember success has absolutely nothing to do with money. It has to do with wining the spiritual battle between the evil one and us. Sometimes it is about money. But most of the time, it is about doing the right thing.
1Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, (Putrefy- to cause something to rot) And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, But a fool’s heart at his left. 3 Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone that he is a fool. 4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, Do not leave your post; For conciliation pacifies great offenses.5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, As an error proceeding from the ruler: 6 Folly is set in great dignity, While the rich sit in a lowly place. 7 I have seen servants on horses, While princes walk on the ground like servants.
8 He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent. 9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, And he who splits wood may be endangered by it. 10 If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.
11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different. 12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up; 13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness. 14 A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him? 15 The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city!
16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, And your princes feast in the morning! 17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, And your princes feast at the proper time— For strength and not for drunkenness! 18 Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks. 19 A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything.
20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may tell the matter.