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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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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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Amazing Pearls of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs

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Amazing Pearls of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs provides knowledge that leads to good relationships and personal well-being. It also encourages people to work on becoming wise. 

I love reading the Book of Proverbs, and I always note down amazing pearls of wisdom from it every time I read it. Here are some of them.

Proverbs:

3: 3-4 – ‘Let not kindness and fidelity leave you; bind them around your neck; then you will win the favor of both man and God.’

3:5-6 – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not. In all your ways, be mindful of him, and he will make your paths straight.’

3:13 -14 – ‘Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. For the profit of wisdom is better than the profit of silver and gold.’

4: 18 – ‘The path of the just (the good-hearted) is like the morning sun, shining brighter till the full light of day.’

6: 10-11  – A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a highway man.’

9: 8:  – ‘Reprove an arrogant man, and he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.’

10: 12 – ‘Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.’

10: 22 – ‘It is the Lord’s blessings that bring wealth, and no effort can substitute it.’

11; 2 – 3 – ‘When pride comes, disgrace comes. The honesty of the upright guides them; the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.’

12: 1 – ‘He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.’

13: 11 – ‘Wealth quickly gotten dwindles away, but amassed little by little, it grows.

14: 29 – ‘A tranquil mind gives life to the body, jealousy rots the bones.’

16: 3 – ‘Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.’

16: 9 – ‘In his mind, a man plans his course, but God directs his steps.’

16: 18 – ‘Pride comes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.’

16: 20 – ‘He who plans a thing will be successful; happy is he who trusts in the Lord.’

17: 9 – ‘He who covers up a misdeed fosters friendship, but he who gossips it separates friends.’

17: 22 – ‘A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.’

18: 16 – ‘A man’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before great men.’

19: 2 – ‘He who acts hastily blunders.’

19:11 – ‘It is good sense in a man to be slow to anger, and it is glory to overlook an offense.’

19: 21 – ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures.’

22: 2 – ‘Rich and poor have a common bond; the Lord is the maker of all.’

27;1 – ‘Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth.’

27: 2 – ‘Let another praise you – not your own mouth; someone else – not your own lips.’

Hope you enjoyed the nuggets of wisdom from Proverbs.

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