The joy of a clear conscience. Using our worldly wealth wisely. Seeking wisdom is a lifelong quest.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
has not slipped with his mouth. If your mouth does NOT get you in trouble, that is great!
pricked with sorrow for sins. If your conscience does NOT convict you of sin, that is great!
KJV translation. Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord.
whose conscience hath not condemned him. Is there anything bugging your conscience?
an envious man. That is, a miser.
VERSE 4. He that gathers by taking from his own soul gathers for others; And others will revel in his goods.
NAB translation. To whom will he be generous who is stingy with himself and does not enjoy what is his own?
stingy with himself. In order to be generous with others you need to be generous with yourself.
will not rejoice in his possessions. A miser does no good to anyone, even to himself.
VERSE 6. There is none more evil than he that envies himself; And this is a recompense of his wickedness.
VERSE 7. Even if he does good, he does it in forgetfulness; And at the last he shows forth his wickedness.
VERSE 8. Evil is he that envies with his eye, Turning away the face, and despising the souls of men.
VERSE 9. A covetous man’s eye is not satisfied with his portion; And wicked injustice dries up his soul.
VERSE 10. An evil eye is grudging of bread, And he is miserly at his table.
do well to yourself. Godly people are free to use worldly goods for enjoyment. They are not sentenced to be stingy. And they are not required to keep nothing for themselves. It is OK to spend money and have fun. And scriptural!
VERSE 12. Remember that death will not wait, And that the covenant of the grave is not showed to you.
VERSE 13. Do well to your friend before you die; And according to your ability stretch out your hand and give to him.
NAB translation. Deprive yourself not of present good things, let no choice portion escape you.
Some Christians act as though good things are bad. However, good things are actually good. They need not be shunned.
VERSE 15. Shall you not leave your labors to another? And your toils to be divided by lot?
NAB translation. Give, take, and treat yourself well, for in the nether world there are no joys to seek.
treat yourself well. Some believers treat themselves badly. They think that is spiritual. However, this verse says to treat yourself well.
VERSE 17. All flesh waxes old as a garment; For the covenant from the beginning is, You shall die the death.
VERSE 18. As of the leaves flourishing on a thick tree, Some it sheds, and some it makes to grow; So also of the generations of flesh and blood, One comes to an end, and another is born.
VERSE 19. Every work rots and falls away, And the worker thereof shall depart with it.
meditate in wisdom. Do you meditate on wisdom?
VERSE 21. He that considers her ways in his heart Shall also have knowledge in her secrets.
Go forth after her as one who tracks. We need to pursue wisdom, tracking it down.
VERSE 23. He that pries in at her windows Shall also listen at her doors.
VERSE 24. He that lodges close to her house Shall also fasten a nail in her walls.
VERSE 25. He shall pitch his tent near at hand to her, And will lodge in a lodging where good things are.
VERSE 26. He will set his children under her shelter, And will rest under her branches.
VERSE 27. By her he will be covered from heat, And will lodge in her glory.
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