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Amazing Pearls of Wisdom from the Book of Ecclesiastes

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Although I am not a Christian, I love reading the book of Ecclesiastes because of its harsh realities and amazing pearls of wisdom. While reading the book, I noted the book’s most intriguing verses.

Ecclesiastes:

2: 14 –‘The wise man has eyes in his head but the fool walks in darkness.’

2: 24 – ‘There is nothing better for man than to eat and drink and provide himself with good things by his labor. Even this I realized is from God’s hand.’

4:7 – ‘Again, I found this vanity under the sun: a solitary man with no companion; with neither son no brother.’

5: 14: – ‘As he came forth from his mother’s womb, so again shall he depart, naked as he came, having nothing from the labor that he can carry in his hand.’

5: 17 – ‘Here is what I recognize as good; it is well for a man to eat and drink and enjoy all the fruits of his labor under the sun during his limited days of the life which God gives him.’

5: 18 – 19 – ‘Any man to whom God gives riches and property, and grants power to partake of them so that he receives his lot and finds joy in the fruits of his toil, has a gift from God. For he will hardly dwell on the shortness of his life because God lets him busy himself with the joy of his heart.’

7: 3 – ‘Sorrow is better than laughter because when the face is sad, the heart grows wiser.’

7: 11 – ‘Wisdom and inheritance are good, an advantage to those who see the sun.’

7:14 – ‘On a good day enjoy good things, and on an evil day consider: both the one and the other God has made.’

7: 15 – 16 – ‘I have seen all manner of things in my vain days; a just man perish in his justice, and a wicked one surviving in his wickedness. Be not be just to excess, and be not over-wise, why destroy yourself?’

7: 20: ‘Yet there is no man on earth so just as to do good and never sin.’

7: 25 – ‘I turned my thoughts towards knowledge; I sought and pursued wisdom and reason, and I recognized that wickedness is foolish and folly is madness.’

8: 16 – 17 – ‘When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to observe what is done on earth, I recognized that man is unable to find out all God’s work that is done under the sun, even though neither by day nor by night do his eyes find rest in sleep. However much man toils in searching, he doesn’t find it out; and even if the wise man says that he knows, he is unable to find out.’

9: 7 – ‘Go, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a merry heart, because it is now that God favors your works.’

10: 3 – ‘When the fool walks through the street, in his lack of understanding he calls everything foolish.’

10: 4 – ‘One who pays heed to the wind will never sow and one who watches the clouds will never reap.’

11: 6 – ‘In the morning sow your seed, and at evening let not your hand be idle; For you not know which of the two will be successful, or whether both alike will turn out well.’

11: 8 – ‘However many years a man may live, let him, as he enjoys them all, remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that is to come is vanity.’

11: 9 – ‘Rejoice, oh young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart, and the vision of your eyes.’

12: 8 – Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, all things are vanity.’

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20 More Insightful Verses from the Book of Sirach –Part 2

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Last week, I posted the top 25 insightful verses from the Book of Sirach, and I later realized that there are more amazing verses from the book that I didn’t mention.

For this reason, this article is a continuation of that post as it provides more insightful verses from the book.

Enjoy:

37: 1 – ‘Every friend declares his friendship, but there are friends who are friends in name only.’

37: 4 – ‘A false friend will share your joys, but in time of trouble he stands afar off.’

37: 8 – ‘Be on the alert when one proffers advice, find out first of all what he wants. For he may be thinking of himself alone; why should the profit fall on him?’

37: 10 – ‘Seek no advice from one who regards you with hostility; from those who envy you, keep your intentions hidden.’

37: 15 – ‘Most important of all, pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth.’

38: 9 – ‘My son, when you are ill, delay not, but pray to God, who will heal you.’

38: 23 – ‘With the departed dead, let memory fade. Rally your courage, once the soul has left.’

39: 16 – ‘The works of God are all of them good, in its own time every need is supplied.’

39: 33 – ‘The works of God are all of them good; every need when it comes he fills.’

39: 34 – ‘There is no need to say: This is not as good as that for each shows its worth at the proper time.’

40: 25 – ‘Gold and silver make one’s way secure, but better than either, sound judgment.’

40: 28 – ‘My son, live not the life of a beggar, better to die than to beg.’

40; 23 – ‘A brother, a helper are good in times of stress, but better than ever, a prudent wife.’

42: 18 -21 – ‘The Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from the past the things that are to come; he makes known the past and the future and reveals the deepest secrets. No understanding does he lack; no single thing escapes him. Perennial is his almighty wisdom; he is from all eternity the one and the same.’

42: 24 – ‘The universe lives and abides forever, to meet each need, each creature is preserved.’

51: 7 – 8 – ‘I turned every way, but there was no one to help me, I looked for one to sustain me, but could find no one. But then I remembered the mercies of the Lord, and his kindness through the past ages.’’

51: 13 – ‘When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom. She came to me in her beauty, and until the end, I will cultivate her.’

51: 28 – ‘Acquire but a little instruction; you will win silver and gold through wisdom.’

51: 29 – ‘Let your spirits rejoice in the mercy of God, and be not ashamed to give him praise.’

51: 30 – ‘Work at your tasks in due season and in his own time God will give you your reward.’

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Top 25 Insightful Verses From the Book of Sirach

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Top 25 Insightful Verses From the Book of Sirach

Several Christians believe The Book of Sirach – considered a ‘wisdom book’ – was excluded from the Bible because it was not divinely inspired. However, many historians believe it was excluded for political reasons.

I always believe wisdom is found in the books that the early church and government didn’t want the masses to access.  For this reason, I read the book of Sirach despite the controversies surrounding it.

Here are the most insightful verses from it:

Sirach:

1: 1 – ‘All wisdom comes from the Lord, and with him, it remains forever.’

2:2 – ‘Be sincere and steadfast, undisturbed in times of adversity.’

2: 4 – ‘Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be present.’

3: 10 – ‘He who does kindness is remembered afterward; when he falls, he finds support.’

5: 13 – 14 – ‘Be swift to hear, but slow to answer. If you have the knowledge, answer your neighbor; if not, put your hand over your mouth.’

6: 14 – 15 – ‘A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price; no sum can balance his worth.’

7: 32 – ‘To the poor man also extend your hand, that your blessing may be complete.’

10: 6 – ‘No matter what the wrong, do no violence to your neighbor, and do not walk the path of arrogance.’

11: 1 – ‘The poor man’s wisdom lifts his head high and sets him among princes.’

11: 17 – ‘The Lord’s gift remains with the just; his favor brings continued success.’

11: 21 – ‘Trust in the Lord and wait for his light; for it is easy with the LORD suddenly, in an instant, to make a poor man rich.’

12: 1 – ‘If you do good, know for whom you are doing it, and your kindness will have its effect.’

14: 20 -‘Happy is the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge.’

19: 1 – ‘He who wastes the little he has will be stripped bare.’

20:8 – ‘Some misfortunes bring success; some things gained are a man’s loss.’

22: 7 – ‘Teaching a fool is like gluing a broken pot, or like disturbing a man in the depths of sleep.’

22: 23 – ‘Make fast friends with a man while he is poor, thus will you enjoy his prosperity with him. In time of trouble remain true to him, so as to share in his inheritance when it comes.’

23: 20 – ‘He who knows all things before they exist still knows them after they are made.’

27: 12 – ‘Limit the time you spend among fools, but frequent the company of thoughtful men.’

28: 13 – ‘Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many.’

30: 16 – ‘No treasure greater than a healthy body, no happiness than a joyful heart.’

30: 24 – ‘Envy and anger shorten one’s life, worry brings on premature old age.’

31: 22 – ‘In whatever you do be moderate, and no sickness will befall you.’

33: 7 – ‘Why is one day more important than another, when it is the sun that lights up every day.’

37: 15 – ‘Most important of all, pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth.’

Hope you enjoyed the insightful verses from the book of Sirach. What are your thoughts on these verses? Which did you love the most?

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