As the high priest completed the services at the altar by presenting to God the sacrifice due; 14 Fullness of wisdom is fear of the LORD; she inebriates men with her fruits. 16 Glorious, too, were SHEM and SETH and ENOS; 9 You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses. 6 A jealous wife is heartache and mourning and a scourging tongue like the other three. 2 The abounding glory of the Most High's portion, his own part, since the days of old. 9 Fear of the LORD is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown. That he should serve God in his priesthood and bless his people in his name. 5 Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right arm 10 Another is a friend, a boon companion, who will not be with you when sorrow comes. Chapter One on Wisdom, Chapter Six on Friendship and Discipline, Chapters 25-26 on Wives and Women, and Chapter 42 on a Father's Care for his Daughter are representative of the first section. In addition to the medieval copies of Ben Sira, we also possess more ancient copies. 1 Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; 16 Wisdom's garland is fear of the LORD, with blossoms of peace and perfect health. Until one arose who should not be remembered, the sinner who led Israel into sin, In their time they built the house of God; From the needy do not turn your eyes; do not give them reason to curse you. 7 Of numbering every deposit, of recording all that is taken in and given out; 21 The oblations of the LORD are his food, a gift to him and his descendants. 15 Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge. BEN SIRA Brown Bag Bible Study. 16 The sons of Aaron would sound a blast, the priests, on their trumpets of beaten metal; We also gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance offered by the following colleagues: a) Martin Abegg, for graciously providing transcriptions of the Cairo Genizah manuscripts in a most generous manner; b) Benjamin H. Parker, who along with Prof Abegg, provided the translations of the Cairo Genizah folios; c) Roy Brown of Accordance Software, who kindly granted us permission to use the Abegg and Parker material (originally produced for Accordance); d) Eric Reymond, for graciously providing both the transcription and the translation of the Masada manuscript; e) Shulamit Elizur for allowing us to use her transcription and translation of the newly discovered folios of MS C; f) Prof Elizur and Michael Rand for their transcription of the newly discovered folio of MS D; g) Jeremy Corley, both for the annotated bibliography and for the list of early Greek Sirach manuscripts which accompany the website; h) Joshua A. Blachorsky, for producing the detailed Index of Passages; i) Eric Reymond, for compiling the list of New Readings; and j) Benjamin G. Wright, who has served as a consultant to the project. A note about viewing the images: Within the ‘View the Manuscripts’ module, you will find a pull-down menu with each manuscript presented separately (Genizah MSS A-F; Masada; Qumran). 29 Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy. 21 For this reason, God promised him with an oath that in his descendants the nations would be blessed, 15 Was ever a man born like JOSEPH? Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and, in the Greek Septuagint, the Books of Wisdom and Sirach. - Gave new strength to Jacob and saved him by their faith and hope. That he might teach his precepts to Jacob, his judgments and decrees to Israel. 17 Knowledge and full understanding she showers down; she heightens the glory of those who possess her. 21 Thus two governments came into being, when in Ephraim kingship was usurped. 3 God wrought swift miracles at his words and sustained him in the king's presence. Whose glory is equal to yours? 10 Keep a strict watch over an unruly wife, lest, finding an opportunity, she make use of it; 24 Allow water no outlet, and be not indulgent to an erring wife. 19 When Samuel approached the end of his life, he testified before the LORD and his anointed prince, 8 Some of them have left behind a name and men recount their praiseworthy deeds; Both the Bodleian's own website and www.genizah.org display these folios in the incorrect order. 25 For even his covenant with David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, A bad name and disgrace will you acquire: "That for the evil man with double tongue!" One final note: The Greek version of Ben Sira (= Sirach) as attested in Codex Sinaiticus (the oldest complete manuscript of the Bible in Greek) is available online via the British Library and its partner institutions: http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/. They abandoned the Law of the Most High, these kings of Judah, right to the very end. Of constant training of children, of beating the sides of a wicked servant; 3 In his time the reservoir was dug, the pool with a vastness like the sea's. 16 Wickedness changes a woman's looks, and makes her sullen as a female bear. Who brought ruin to Ephraim 19 As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her; then await her bountiful crops. Where, face to face, he gave him the commandments, the law of life and understanding, 2 What glory was his when he raised his arm, to brandish his javelin against the city! Twelve chapters of Ben Sira are reproduced here. 8 Like the blossoms on the branches in springtime, like a lily on the banks of a stream; 21 Then again the people would lie prostrate to receive from him the blessing of the Most High. The book of Ben Sira was composed in Hebrew c. 180 B.C.E. Gary A. Rendsburg and Jacob Binstein 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. Without the background story from 1 Kings 11, a reader of Ben Sira might think that Solomon’s transgression was perhaps adultery or a kind of sexual insatiability. its possessor is beyond compare. Even with this availability, however, anyone wishing to inspect a particular manuscript page must navigate these websites (always with multiple steps) in order to reveal the desired image. De bonnes relations, tu peux en avoir avec beaucoup de monde ; mais des conseils, n'en demande qu'à un seul entre mille. Chapters 44-50 present a refreshing history of the ancestors, patriarchs, and leaders of Israel. In his own flesh he incised the ordinance, and when tested he was found loyal. » Proverbes 12, 26 « Un pervers sème la discorde, le … 18 You were called by that glorious name which was conferred upon Israel. 7 A bad wife is a chafing yoke; he who marries her seizes a scorpion. 18 The root of wisdom is fear of the LORD; her branches are length of days. Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy. J.-C. en hébreu, mais texte original disparu. These documents now reside in Jerusalem, under the aegis of the Israel Antiquities Authority. 4 For his trustworthiness and meekness God selected him from all mankind; 7 He made him perpetual in his office when he bestowed on him the priesthood of his people; the book of sirach or ben sira The Book of Sirach , also known as Ecclesiasticus, is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate Bible. To defeat the skilled warrior and raise up the might of his people, 11 The LORD forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; Livre de Ben Sira le Sage. These Genizah materials currently are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Gold you gathered like so much iron, you heaped up silver as though it were lead; One can imagine the confusion and the difficulty in examining all the textual witnesses. 8 Because of this, they were the only two spared from the six hundred thousand infantry, 11 Majestic, glorious, renowned for splendor, a delight to the eyes, beauty supreme. 22 How beautiful are all his works, delightful to gaze upon and a joy to behold! 6 You sent kings down to destruction, and nobles, from their beds of sickness. But Judah remained, a tiny people, with its rulers from the house of David. For an English translation of Sirach, the reader is directed to the rendering by Benjamin G. Wright, as part of A New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS), under the general editorship of Albert Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright, available online at: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition/30-sirach-nets.pdf. 4 Give to the good but refuse the sinner; 24 Therefore on him again God conferred the right, in a covenant of friendship, to provide for the sanctuary, 28 For then the LORD will reveal your secrets and publicly cast you down, Dear to God and men, MOSES, whose memory is held in benediction. The covenant with all his forebears was confirmed, and the blessing rested upon the head of JACOB. 14 Once he had completed the services at the altar with the arranging of the sacrifices for the Most High, 32 My son, if you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. J.-C. Lest she become pregnant in her father’s house, or be sterile in that of her husband. 15 Now will I recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe. 12 When he received the sundered victims from the priests while he stood before the sacrificial wood, Authors skilled in composition, and forgers of epigrams with their spikes; Again his language is veiled. 29 Because you approached the fear of the LORD with your heart full of guile. 22 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; 16 He, too, called upon God, and offered him a suckling lamb; Le Siracide . 6 Who burned the holy city and left its streets desolate, As JEREMIAH had foretold; As ordered by the illustrious prophet Isaiah, who saw the truth in visions. 22 And for ISAAC he renewed the same promise because of Abraham, his father. 14 A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. 10 While unmarried, lest she be defiled, or in her husband’s house, lest she prove unfaithful; We know this specific information, for it is our good fortune that the grandson included an extended prologue to the book, in which he provides the specific date (to wit, year 38 of the reign of Euergetes). 30 Her fetters will be your throne of majesty; her bonds, your purple cord. 5 He permitted him to hear his voice, and led him into the cloud, 5 Composers of melodious psalms, or discoursers on lyric themes; 20 A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him. He brought down upon them a miracle, and consumed them with his flaming fire.