Monday, February 6, 2012

Sirach 10

Sir 10:22  Pride was not made for men: nor wrath for the race of women.
Sir 10:23  That seed of men shall be honoured, which feareth God: but that seed shall be dishonoured, which transgresseth the commandments of the Lord.
Sir 10:24  In the midst of brethren their chief is honourable: so shall they that fear the Lord, be in his eyes.
Sir 10:25  The fear of God is the glory of the rich, and of the honourable, and of the poor.
Sir 10:26  Despise not a just man that is poor, and do not magnify a sinful man that is rich.
Sir 10:27  The great man, and the judge, and the mighty is in honour: and there is none greater than he that feareth God.
Sir 10:28  They that are free shall serve a servant that is wise: and a man that is prudent and well instructed will not murmur when he is reproved; and he that is ignorant, shall not be honoured.
Sir 10:29  Extol not thyself in doing thy work, and linger not in the time of distress;
Sir 10:30  Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread.
Sir 10:31  My son, keep thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to its desert.
Sir 10:32  Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own soul?
Sir 10:33  The poor man is glorified by his discipline and fear, and there is a man that is honoured for his wealth.
Sir 10:34  But he that is glorified in poverty, how much more in wealth? and he that is glorified in wealth, let him fear poverty. 

Parts of this section remind me of the Beatitudes. 

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