one of Deuterocanonical books

Ecclesiasticus or Sirach is a book of the Apocrypha included by some churches in the Bible. (Not to be confused with Ecclesiastes.)


Chapter 1

  • The fear of the Lord gladdens the heart, giving happiness, joy and long life. Or those who fear the Lord, all will end well: on their dying day they will be blessed.
  • The crown of wisdom is to fear the Lord: she makes peace and health flourish. The Lord has seen and assessed her, he has showered down knowledge and intelligence, he has exalted the renown of those who possess her.
  • Do not act a part in public, keep watch over your lips.
  • He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it: and he that setteth a stone for his neighbour, shall stumble upon it: and he that layeth a snare for another, shall perish in it.
    • xxvii:xxvi
  • Two things bring grief to my heart, and a third arouses my anger: The wealthy reduced to want, the intelligent held in contempt, And those who pass from righteousness to sin— the Lord prepares them for the sword.
    • 26:28 (New American Bible Revised Edition)
  • The conversation of the godly is always wisdom, but the fool changes like the moon.
    • 27:11 (New American Bible Revised Edition)
  • Many refuse to lend, not out of meanness, but from fear of being cheated needlessly. But with those in humble circumstances be patient; do not keep them waiting for your alms. Because of the commandment, help the poor, and in their need, do not send them away empty-handed. Lose your money for relative or friend; do not hide it under a stone to rot. Dispose of your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, and that will profit you more than the gold.
    • 29:7-11 (New American Bible Revised Edition)
  • Envy and anger shorten one’s days, and anxiety brings on premature old age.
    • 30:24 (New American Bible Revised Edition)
  • Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind.
  • The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive wisdom.
  • Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.

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