Sirach - Chapter 18

[Sirach 18]
{18:1} The One who dwells in eternity created all things together. God alone will be justified, and he remains an invincible King for eternity.
{18:2} Who is able to declare his works?
{18:3} For who can examine his greatness?
{18:4} And who will announce the power of his magnitude? Or who would be able to describe his mercy?
{18:5} There is no diminishing, and no increasing, and there is no discovering, the greatness of God.
{18:6} When man has reached the end, then he will begin. And when he ceases, he will be in need.
{18:7} What is man, and what is his grace? And what is his good, or what is his evil?
{18:8} The number of the days of men are as many as one hundred years. Like a drop of water in the ocean, so they are considered to be. And like a grain of sand on the shore, so do these few years compare to the days of all time.
{18:9} For this reason, God is patient with them, and he pours forth his mercy upon them.
{18:10} He has seen that the presumption of their heart is evil, and he knows that their rebelliousness is wicked.
{18:11} Therefore, he has bestowed his forgiveness on them, and he has revealed to them the way of equity.
{18:12} The compassion of man is toward those closest to him. But the mercy of God is upon all flesh.
{18:13} He is merciful, and he teaches and corrects, like a shepherd with his flock.
{18:14} He takes pity on those who accept the doctrine of compassion, and he applies his judgments promptly.
{18:15} Son, in your good works, you should not complain, and in giving anything, you should not cause grief with evil words.
{18:16} Is heat not refreshed by the dew? So also is a good word better than a gift.
{18:17} Behold, is a word not greater than a gift? But both are with a justified man.
{18:18} The foolish place blame sharply. And a gift from the undisciplined causes the eyes to fail.
{18:19} Before you judge, put justice in order within yourself, and before you speak, learn.
{18:20} Before you become sick, obtain medicine. And before you judge, examine yourself. And then you will find forgiveness in the sight of God.
{18:21} Before you become weak, humble yourself; and in a time of infirmity, show your way of life.
{18:22} Let nothing impede you from praying always. And then you will not dread to be justified, even unto death. For the reward of God dwells in eternity.
{18:23} Before you pray, prepare your soul. And do not choose to be like a man who tempts God.
{18:24} Remember the wrath that will be on the day of consummation, and remember the time of retribution, when he will turn away his face.
{18:25} Remember poverty in a time of abundance, and remember the deficiency of poverty in a day of riches.
{18:26} From morning until evening, the time will be changed, and all these are swift in the eyes of God.
{18:27} A wise man will be cautious in all things, and during a time of many offenses, he will be attentive against inaction.
{18:28} Anyone who is astute recognizes wisdom, and he will acknowledge anyone who finds it.
{18:29} Those who show understanding with words also have acted wisely themselves, and they have understood truth and justice, and they have fulfilled proverbs and judgments.
{18:30} You should not go after your desires; instead, turn away from your own will.
{18:31} If you offer your desires to your soul, this will cause you to become a joy to your enemies.
{18:32} Take no delight in disorderly gatherings, whether large or small. For their commission of offenses is unceasing.
{18:33} You should not be reduced by the contention of borrowing, even if there is nothing in your purse. For you would be contending against your own life.

In 18:1-14 Sirach speaks of the greatness of Go and what he does for man. What are some attributes and actions Sirach ascribes to God?

In 18:15-33 Sirach goes back to advising his son on what his behaviors should be. What are some of these bits of advice?


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