The author offers wisdom for living in our local society. And he offers wisdom for our personal relationships.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
VERSE 1. Do no evil, so will no evil overtake you.
VERSE 2. Depart from wrong, and it will turn away from you.
VERSE 3. My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, And you shall not reap them sevenfold.
Seek not of the Lord preeminence. Avoid seeking authority.
Neither … the seat of honor. Avoid seeking the most important seat.
VERSE 5. Justify not yourself in the presence of the Lord; And display not your wisdom before the king.
VERSE 6. Seek not to be a judge, Lest you be not able to take away iniquities; Lest haply you fear the person of a mighty man, And lay a stumbling block in the way of your uprightness.
Sin not. It is best to walk the path of sincerity and to do what is right:
Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
cast not yourself down. That is, do not disgrace yourself.
VERSE 8. Bind not up sin twice; For in one sin you will not be unpunished.
VERSE 9. Say not, He will look upon the multitude of my gifts, And when I offer to the Most High God, he will accept it.
VERSE 10. Be not faint-hearted in your prayer; And neglect not to give alms.
VERSE 11. Laugh not a man to scorn when he is in the bitterness of his soul; For there is one who humbles and exalts.
VERSE 12. Devise not a lie against your brother; Neither do the like to a friend.
VERSE 13. Love not to make any manner of lie; For the custom thereof is not for good.
repeat not your words in your prayer. Jesus forbids us from saying repetitive prayers:
Matthew 6:7. In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Hate not laborious work. We should not be repulsed by hard work.
husbandry. That is, “farming.” Scientists say agriculture has been the status quo for roughly 10,000 years.
VERSE 16. Number not yourself among the multitude of sinners: Remember that wrath will not wait.
Humble your soul greatly. We are to humble our pride.
VERSE 18. Change not a friend for a thing indifferent; Neither a true brother for the gold of Ophir.
her grace is above gold. A godly wife is of infinite worth.
VERSE 20. Entreat not evil a servant that works truly, Nor a hireling that gives you his life.
VERSE 21. Let your soul love a wise servant; Defraud him not of liberty.
VERSE 22. Hast you cattle? have an eye to them; And if they are profitable to you, let them stay by you.
correct them. Parents need to teach their children how to live.
bow down their neck. That is, keep them from becoming prideful.
VERSE 24. Hast you daughters? give heed to their body, And make not your face cheerful toward them.
Give your daughter in marriage. In those days, many people felt that women were the property of men. When it came to a daughter, it was up to a man to decide whether to “give her away” or not.
That mindset persists even today. In many weddings, the father walks the bride down the aisle. Then he “gives her away” to her fiancé.
NAB translation. If you have a wife, let her not seem odious to you; but where there is ill-feeling, trust her not.
let her not seem odious to you. Unfortunately, many husbands have allowed themselves to grow bitter toward their wives. But husbands are to not let that happen.
Give glory to your father. This command assumes the parent is not abusive toward the child. Otherwise, if the parent is abusive, the child must flee.
forget not … your mother. This command assumes the parent is not abusive toward the child. Otherwise, if the parent is abusive, the child must flee.
VERSE 28. Remember that of them you were born: And what will you recompense them for the things that they have done for you?
VERSE 29. Fear the Lord with all your soul; And reverence his priests.
VERSE 30. With all your strength love him that made you; And forsake not his ministers.
VERSE 31. Fear the Lord, and glorify the priest; And give him his portion, even as it is commanded you; The first fruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, And the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits of holy things.
VERSE 32. Also to the poor man stretch out your hand, That your blessing may be perfected.
for a dead man keep not back grace. We should burying the bodies of dead people. That is a kindness to them.
Romans 12:15. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
Matthew 25:36. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
VERSE 36. In all your matters remember your last end, And you will never do amiss.
Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.