Here are some great verses to memorize from the Book of Sirach:
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Sirach 4:7a. Endear yourself to the assembly. (NAB translation)
Sirach 11:12. Another goes his way a weakling and a failure, with little strength and great misery—Yet the eyes of the Lord look favorably upon him; he raises him free of the vile dust. (NAB translation)
Sirach 20:27. A wise man advances himself by his words, a prudent man pleases the great. (NAB translation)
Sirach 33:4. Prepare your words and you will be listened to; draw upon your training, and then give your answer. (NAB translation)
Sirach 33:17. I would inform you that not for myself only have I toiled, but for every seeker after wisdom.
Sirach 34:11. I have learned much in my travels, learned more than ever I could say. (NAB translation)
Sirach 34:12. Often I was in danger of death, but by these attainments I was saved. (NAB translation)
Sirach 43:1. The pride of the height is the firmament in its clearness, The appearance of heaven, in the spectacle of its glory.
Sirach 43:2. The sun when he appears, bringing tidings as he goes forth, Is a marvelous instrument, the work of the Most High:
Sirach 43:3. At his noon he dries up the country, And who shall stand against his burning heat?
Sirach 43:4. A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, But the sun three times more, burning up the mountains: Breathing out fiery vapours, And sending forth bright beams, he dims the eyes.
Sirach 43:5. Great is the Lord that made him; And at his word he hastens his course.
Sirach 43:6. The moon also is in all things for her season, For a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.
Sirach 43:7. From the moon is the sign of the feast day; A light that wanes when she is come to the full.
Sirach 43:8. The month is called after her name, Increasing wonderfully in her changing; An instrument of the army on high, Shining forth in the firmament of heaven;
Sirach 43:9. The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, An ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.
Sirach 43:10. At the word of the Holy One they will stand in due order, And they will not faint in their watches.
Sirach 43:11. Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; Exceeding beautiful in the brightness thereof.
Sirach 43:12. It encircles the heaven round about with a circle of glory; The hands of the Most High have stretched it.
Sirach 43:13. By his commandment he makes the snow to fall apace, And sends swiftly the lightnings of his judgement.
Sirach 43:14. By reason thereof the treasure-houses are opened; And clouds fly forth as fowls.
Sirach 43:15. By his mighty power he makes strong the clouds, And the hailstones are broken small:
Sirach 43:16. And at his appearing the mountains will be shaken, And at his will the south wind will blow.
Sirach 43:17. The voice of his thunder makes the earth to travail; So does the northern storm and the whirlwind: As birds flying down he sprinkles the snow; And as the lighting of the locust is the falling down thereof:
Sirach 43:18. The eye will marvel at the beauty of its whiteness, And the heart will be astonished at the raining of it.
Sirach 43:19. The hoar frost also he pours on the earth as salt; And when it is congealed, it is as points of thorns.
Sirach 43:20. The cold north wind shall blow, And the ice shall be congealed on the water: It shall lodge upon every gathering together of water, And the water shall put on as it were a breastplate.
Sirach 43:21. It shall devour the mountains, and burn up the wilderness, And consume the green herb as fire.
Sirach 43:22. A mist coming speedily is the healing of all things; A dew coming after heat shall bring cheerfulness.
Sirach 43:23. By his counsel he has stilled the deep, And planted islands therein.
Sirach 43:24. They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; And when we hear it with our ears, we marvel.
Sirach 43:25. Therein be also those strange and wondrous works, Variety of all that has life, the race of sea-monsters.
Sirach 43:26. By reason of him his end has success, And by his word all things consist.
Sirach 43:27. We may say many things, yet shall we not attain; And the sum of our words is, He is all.
Sirach 43:28. How shall we have strength to glorify him? For he is himself the great one above all his works.
Sirach 43:29. The Lord is terrible and exceedingly great; And marvelous is his power.
Sirach 43:30. When you glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as you can;For even yet he will exceed: And when you exalt him, put forth your full strength: Be not weary; for you will never attain.
Sirach 43:31. Who has seen him, that he may declare him? And who shall magnify him as he is?
Sirach 43:32. Many things are hidden greater than these; For we have seen but a few of his works.
Sirach 43:33. For the Lord made all things; And to the godly gave he wisdom.
Sirach 48:12b. During his lifetime, [Elisha] feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. (NAB translation)
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