Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 99
Context: In the book of Ecclesiasticus, Jeshua, son of Sirach, an Israelite renowned for his wisdom, combines both his own original proverbs and many proverbs of the Hebrew tradition. He warns his readers that even the wise and bold men cannot succeed if they yield themselves to the lures of wine and women; they can expect an inheritance of only corruption and death:
Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent.
Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.
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