Sirach - Chapter 14

[Sirach 14]
{14:1} Blessed is the man who has not slipped because of a word from his mouth, and who has not been stung by grief because of an offense.
{14:2} Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.
{14:3} Substance is senseless for a greedy and stingy man. And what would a spiteful man do with gold?
{14:4} Whoever acquires unjustly, according to his own mind, gathers for others. For another will spend his goods lavishly.
{14:5} Whoever is wicked to himself, to whom will he be good? For he will not take enjoyment in his own goods.
{14:6} Whoever has ill will toward himself, nothing is more worthless than he is. But such is the reward of his wickedness.
{14:7} And if he does good, he does it ignorantly and unwillingly. And in the very end, he realizes his own malice.
{14:8} The eye of the spiteful man is wicked, and he averts his face and despises his own soul.
{14:9} The eye of the greedy man is insatiable in his portion of iniquity. He will not be satisfied until he has consumed his own soul, withering it away.
{14:10} An evil eye is directed at evil things. And he will not be satisfied by bread; instead, he will be needy and grieving at his own table.
{14:11} Son, if you have anything, do good to yourself, and offer worthy oblations to God.
{14:12} Remember that death has not been delayed, and that the covenant of the grave has been revealed to you. For the covenant of this world will pass away in death.
{14:13} Do good to your friend before you die. And according to your ability, extend your hand and give to the poor.
{14:14} Do not cheat yourself out of a good day, and do not let the smallest good gift pass you by.
{14:15} Should you not leave it to others to divide your sorrows and labors by lot?
{14:16} Give, and receive, and justify your soul.
{14:17} Before your passing, accomplish justice. For in death, there is no food to be found.
{14:18} All flesh grows old like the grass, and like the foliage that springs forth from a green tree.
{14:19} Some spring up, and others fall away. Such is the generation of flesh and blood. One is finished, and another is born.
{14:20} Every corruptible work will fail in the end. And its worker will go with it.
{14:21} But every excellent work will be justified. And whoever worked it will be honored by it.
{14:22} Blessed is the man who will abide in wisdom, and who will meditate on her righteousness, and who, in his mind, will consider the circumspection of God.
{14:23} He considers her ways in his heart, and he finds understanding in her secrets. He goes after her like an investigator, and he is constant in her ways.
{14:24} He gazes through her windows, and he listens at her door.
{14:25} He rests next to her house, and, fastening a peg in her walls, he sets up his cottage by her hands. And so, good things will find rest in his cottage as time passes.
{14:26} He will station his sons under her covering, and he will abide under her branches.
{14:27} He will be protected by her covering from the heat, and he will rest in her glory.

In 14:3-10 Sirach speaks of evil men who, even when appearing to do good, arent really doing so in his heart. Give examples of Sirach's description of such men.

In 14:11-21 Sirach then reverses course and advises his son on how to treat friends and himself and honor God when thinking of his passing. What does he say?

In 14:22-27 Sirach speaks of man and wisdom. What are his thoughts here?


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