Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sirach 2

Sir 2:1  Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.
Sir 2:2  Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds.
Sir 2:3  Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
Sir 2:4  Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience.
Sir 2:5  For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
Sir 2:6  Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein. 

One thing to keep in mind in the midst of thinking about all this testing and tempting is what is said of it in 1 Cor 10:13:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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