Every few days now I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I make my way through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus). Here’s the next installment. Enjoy.
Don’t praise people for their beautiful looks, and don’t despise people for their appearance. (Sirach 11.2)
Don’t find fault before you investigate … Don’t answer before you listen … (Sirach 11.7a,8a)
… don’t be busy with many things; if you multiply pursuits, you won’t be held guiltless. (Sirach 11.10)
There is nothing good for those who continue to do evil or for those who don’t freely offer charity. (Sirach 12.3)
Rich people inflict injury, but then act as if they’re the ones who have been wronged; the poor suffer injury, but they’re the ones who must apologize. (Sirach 13.3)
Every few days now I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I make my way through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus) this time. Here’s the next installment. Read and consider.
Let those who are at peace with you be many, but let only one in a thousand be your advisor. (Sirach 6.6)
“Don’t seek political power from the Lord or a seat of honor from the king.” (Sirach 7.4)
“Don’t be timid in your prayer, and don’t neglect caring for those in need.” (Sirach 7.10)
“Don’t make fun of the uneducated, or your ancestors might be insulted.” (Sirach 8.4)
“Turn your eye away from a shapely woman, and don’t stare at beauty belonging to someone else.” (Sirach 9.8a)
On of the things I’m about this year in my reading is working through the Apocrypha, paying special attention to the book of Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus). More and more so each year, Sirach becomes one of my favorite writings. It’s not a book for quick reading. To truly appreciate what’s being said in it, you must read it slowly and repeatedly, with reflection.
Following are five of the statements that have jumped out at me in my reading of Sirach this time through. Put them in your head and let them steep a bit.
“My child, if you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for testing.” (Sirach 2.1)
“… conduct your affairs with gentleness, and you will be loved more than a person of good repute.” (Sirach 3.17)
“Don’t deprive a poor person’s life, and don’t avoid looking the needy in the eyes. … Listen to the poor, and reply with peaceful and gentle speech.” (Sirach 4.1,8)
“Don’t lower yourself before a fool, and don’t show partiality toward the powerful. Fight to the death on behalf of truth, and the Lord God will fight for you.” (Sirach 4.27-28)
“Don’t be preoccupied with your money, and don’t say, ‘I’m self-sufficient.'” (Sirach 5.1)