Anything you hear


#1

In The Book of Sirach, Chapter 19 Verse 9 states:

 Let anything you hear die within you; be assured it will not make you burst.     

 Please explain.

#2

it’s a reference to keeping a confidence. People often feel like they “have to tell or repeat” something. We should not succumb to this.


#3

It seems to be aimed at people who cannot help but pass on the juicy bits of gossip which they come across:

When you hear a rumor, keep it to yourself; you won’t explode from holding it in.

This is great advice, because it can prevent people from destroying reputations, relationships, and lives.


#4

In other words: Don’t be a gossip.


#5

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