THE WISDOM OF BEN SIRA (ECCLESIASTICUS) The Wisdom of Ben Sira derives its title from the author, “Yeshua [Jesus], son of Eleazar, son of Sira” (50:27). As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed. Ben Sira also known as Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira (שמעון בן יהושע בן אליעזר בן סירא) or Yeshua Ben Sirach (fl. THE BIBLE So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” 30).From internal evidence it seems he completed his work in Hebrew after 190 BC. 3 Does anyone nourish anger against another. the religious tradition that reads it. * [27:16–28:11] Betrayal of confidence through indiscretion destroys friendship and does irreparable harm (27:16–21); cf. 1. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909 (C)4 Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself, yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?5 If a mere mortal cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?6 Remember your last days and set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! 30 As for me, I was like a canal from a river, like a water channel into a garden. New American Bible (Revised Edition) Update. 29 If he puts them into practice, he can cope with anything, for the fear of the LORD is his lamp. Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife. (B)3 Does anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Ben Sira 28 The vengeful will face the Lord's vengeance, for he keeps a strict account of their sins. 8 Avoid strife and your sins will be fewer, for the hot-tempered kindle strife;9 The sinner disrupts friendships and sows discord among those who are at peace. Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: remember the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance. Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. Vocations of the Skilled Worker and the Scribe # 38:24–39:11] Ben Sira has a balanced view of the various vocations of skilled laborers—the farmer, engraver, smith and potter—but the profession of scribe is more excellent (38:24–34). (Ben Sira 6:22) “22 For wisdom is like her name; she is not readily perceived by many.” (Job 28:12-14, 20-22) “12 “But where can wisdom be found? ^ MLA citation. 19–26). 29 For deeper than the sea are her thoughts, and her counsels, than the great abyss. New American Bible (Revised Edition) Update. (G)14 A meddlesome tongue subverts many, and makes them refugees among peoples.It destroys strong cities, and overthrows the houses of the great.15 A meddlesome tongue drives virtuous women from their homes, and robs them of the fruit of their toil.16 Whoever heed it will find no rest, nor will they dwell in peace. the religious tradition that reads it. And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth. New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) From c. AD 700–1000 onwards Lilith appears as Adam's first wife, created at the same time (Rosh Hashanah) and from the same clay as Adam—compare Genesis 1:27. Ben Sira 28:1 in all English translations. Read verse in King James Version w/ Apocrypha 13 Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living. 1 The vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance; indeed he remembers their sins in detail.(A). 29 For her thoughts are more abundant than the sea, and her counsel deeper than the great abyss. But if you forgive someone who has wronged you, your sins will be forgiven when you pray. 28 The first man did not know wisdom fully, nor will the last one fathom her. If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins? A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men. 2 Perdoa a injustiça que o teu próximo fez contra ti, e assim, quando orares, os teus pecados ser-te-ão perdoados. 28 The first human being never finished comprehending wisdom, nor will the last succeed in fathoming her. (D)7 Remember the commandments and do not be angry with your neighbor; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults. Ben Sira 33 New American Bible Revised Edition ... 28 Force him to work that he be not idle, 29 for idleness teaches much mischief. Ben Sira 28. Study This. Welcome to www.bensira.org, the website devoted to the ancient and medieval Hebrew manuscripts of the book of Ben Sira. Proud member and sows discord among those who are at peace. 30 Like a decoy partridge in a cage, so is the heart of the proud, and like a spy they will pick out the weak spots. Further treatment of sins of the tongue and the havoc that results; cf. # Mt 6:14. 28. Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss? Matthew 5:39. Ben Sira 24 Bible ... 28 The first man did not know wisdom fully, nor will the last one fathom her. Read verse in New Revised Standard w/ Apocrypha Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss? so make balances and scales for your words. 2nd century BCE), was a Hellenistic Jewish scribe, sage, and allegorist from Seleucid-controlled Jerusalem of the Second Temple period. An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood. 5. 2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Read verse in Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha But if you forgive someone who has wronged you, your sins will be forgiven when you pray. Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands. The Book of Sirach, also known as Ecclesiasticus, is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate Bible.While originally written in Hebrew, the Book was read only through its Greek translation, known as Σειρὰχ.The Book was not included in the Hebrew Masoretic Text as part of the Hebrew Canon of the Old Testament. The rabbinical tradition that the Wisdom of Ben Sira was written by a sage of Jerusalem about 180 B.C. Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard. Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. The King James Version is in the public domain. 2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. False friendship based on hypocrisy and deceit is hateful to Ben Sira and, he adds, to God as well (27:22–24); it soon becomes a victim of its own treachery (27:25–27). In Hebrew the book is known as The Wisdom of Joshua (Jesus) Ben Sira. The good news is that more than 100 verses are dedicated to women; the bad news is that most of them are very negative. In the case of the Genizah materials, the specific manuscript, folio, and side (r = recto; v = verso) are indicated, e.g., 3:8 is … It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof. but a blow from the tongue will break bones. the more the cruelty, the fiercer the strife; The greater the strength, the sterner the anger. Salem Media Group. Ben Sira 28:7 NABRE Remember the commandments and do not be angry with your neighbor; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults. Ben Sira 28 He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins. Ecclesiasticus. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the. Baruch's poem on wisdom (3:9-4:4) does not integrate mythic themes about wisdom's role in creation with the idea that the concrete expression of wisdom occurs in the law. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” (E)10 The more the wood, the greater the fire,(F) the more the cruelty, the fiercer the strife;The greater the strength, the sterner the anger, the greater the wealth, the greater the wrath.11 Pitch and resin make fire flare up, and a hasty quarrel provokes bloodshed. Ben Sira 28:1 in all English translations. Prv 6:1 – 5 . so make a door and a bolt for your mouth. NABRE: New American Bible, revised edition BEN SIRA 28. (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Care in Choosing Friends. For Sirach, I have used the Göttingen edition of Joseph and like a leopard, it will tear them to pieces. 31 For they lie in wait to turn good into evil, Ben Sira 28 He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance. He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins? ECCLESIASTICUS / BEN SIRA’S BOOK OF WISDOM / SIRACH 3 11:7–11:28 Deliberation and Caution 11:29–12:18 Care in Choosing Friends 13:1–14:2 Caution Regarding Associates Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 28. The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it. 2 Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of the world? All rights reserved. Lilith (/ ˈ l ɪ l ɪ θ /; Hebrew: לִילִית Lîlîṯ) is a figure in Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud (3rd to 5th century AD). The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) Chapter 1 1 All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. A word needs to be said about Ben Sira's teachings about women. remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults. 50. A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours. 1 The vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance; indeed he remembers their sins in detail. Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest. Matthew 5:39. Ben Sira 28 The Lord is taking note of your sins, and if you take vengeance on someone, the Lord will take vengeance on you. Baruch's poem on wisdom (3:9-4:4) does not integrate mythic themes about wisdom's role in creation with the idea that the concrete expression of wisdom occurs in the law. Ben Sira 28:7 NABRE Remember the commandments and do not be angry with your neighbor; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults. Vol. 44-49 the author comments on the outstanding lives of some 28 individual Old Testament heroes 4 , along with the judges as a group (46:11) and the twelve minor prophets (49:10).