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).
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)