Here are five passages that especially caught my eye this go around in my reading of Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus).
Don’t come into the Lord’s presence empty-handed, since fulfilling the commandments means making offerings. … Every time you give, have a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe gladly. Give to the Most High as he has given, and give with generosity from what you have, because the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you seven times over. (Sirach 35.6-7,11-13)
Whoever acquires a wife takes his first step toward success. She will be a fit helper for him and a pillar of rest. (Sirach 36.29)
At times a person’s intuition keeps them informed better than seven sentries sitting high up on a lookout. But above everything else, pray to the Most High, so that he may make your path straight in truth. (Sirach 37.14-15)
When the dead are at rest, put their memory to rest, and be comforted for them when their spirit has left. (Sirach 38.23)
The scribe’s wisdom depends on the opportunity for leisure, and whoever lacks busyness will become wise. … But those who devote themselves and think about the Law of the Most High are the exception (Sirach 38.24,34)
Every few days I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I read through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus). Here’s the latest batch of gleanings.
Have you been seated at a magnificent table? Don’t be greedy as you sit there, and don’t say, ‘Look how much food there is!’ Remember, a greedy eye is a bad thing. … Don’t reach out your hand for whatever you see, and don’t crowd your dinner companion by reaching into the same bowl. Put yourself in your companion’s place, and be considerate in everything. (Sirach 31.12-13a,14-15)
If taken in moderation, wine makes people’s lives better. What’s life to those who don’t have wine? It was created from the beginning to bring merriment. The right amount of wine consumed at the right time makes for a joyful heart and a light spirit. Too much wine drunk in the midst of strife and conflict makes for a bitter spirit. (Sirach 31.27-29)
A well-advised person won’t overlook an intelligent thought; the stranger and the arrogant won’t cower out of fear. (Sirach 32.18)
Don’t overburden a person made of flesh, and don’t do anything without exercising good judgment. (Sirach 33.30b)
Those who pay attention to dreams are just like people who grasp at a shadow or pursue the wind. … Unless the Most High sends a dream by means of a visitation, don’t pay any attention to it. Dreams have misled many, and those who have placed hope in them have fallen. (Sirach 34.1-2,6-7)
Every few days now I’m posting five passages that have stood out to me as I read through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus) this time. Here’s the latest batch of gleanings.
Many have sinned because of money, and whoever seeks to get more will turn a blind eye. A stake is driven between cracks in stones, and sin will be wedged between selling and buying. (Sirach 27.1)
Limit the time you spend with unintelligent people, but linger with the thoughtful. (Sirach 27.12)
A fire burns in proportion to its fuel, and conflict increases the longer it continues. The more powerful individuals are, the stronger their anger will be; and the wealthier they are, the more their wrath will increase. (Sirach 28.10)
… be patient with those in humble circumstances, and don’t make them wait for assistance. Help the needy for the commandment’s sake, and in proportion to their need don’t turn them away empty-handed. (Sirach 29.8-9)
A parent who spoils children now will end up tending to their wounds, and will experience heartache at every outcry. A horse that is unbroken turns out stubborn, and a child, when given free rein, turns out reckless. (Sirach 30.7-8)
Every few days I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I read through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus).
Run away from sin like you would from a snake: If you go near it, it will bite you. Its teeth are lion’s teeth, destroying a person’s life. (Sirach 21.2)
People who are afraid to act are like clumps of cow manure; those who pick it up will shake off their hand. (Sirach 22.2)
Don’t grow accustomed to saying coarse things because to do so is to engage in sinful speech. (Sirach 23.13)
How beautiful is sound judgment in gray-haired women and finding good advice in elderly men! (Sirach 25.4)
The husband of a good wife is favored, and the length of his life will be doubled. A courageous wife will make her husband happy, and he will complete his years in peace. … A loudmouthed and talkative wife is like a battle trumpet sounding an attack. The spirit of the man who lives under such conditions lives perpetually in the chaos of the battlefield. (Sirach 26.1-2,27)