16 As the shining sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works; 20 Stumble not through woman's beauty, nor be greedy for her wealth; 8 He has poured her forth upon all his works, L'auteur vivait à Jérusalem avant l'insurrection des Maccabées. 21 He regulates the mighty deeds of his wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, 3 Your leaves it will eat, your fruits destroy, and you will be left a dry tree, 10 Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; Podcast Available for Premium Subscribers Read the Transcript. 28 For then the LORD will reveal your secrets and publicly cast you down, 5 You brought a dead man back to life from the nether world, by the will of the LORD. And from the grave he raised his voice as a prophet, to put an end to wickedness. 4 Resolute princes of the folk, and governors with their staves; 13 For just as moths come from garments, so a woman’s wickedness comes from a woman. 9: C'est lui qui l'a créée; il l'a vue et il l'a nombrée. 33 If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise. 13 And for all time their progeny will endure, their glory will never be blotted out; 16 He, too, called upon God, and offered him a suckling lamb; Il fit venir la famine sur les hommes d'Israël, et, dans son ardeur, en fit périr un grand nombre. 25 He foretold what should be till the end of time, hidden things yet to be fulfilled. 5 To whom has wisdom's root been revealed? 3 Of sharing the expenses of a business or a journey, of dividing an inheritance or property; 1 The name JOSIAH is like blended incense, made lasting by a skilled perfumer. Formed to be, as his name implies, the great savior of God's chosen ones, 5 So he gave over their power to others, their glory to a foolish foreign nation No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner. See that there is no lattice in her room, or spot that overlooks the approaches to the house. With string music before the altar, providing sweet melody for the psalms Dear to God and men, MOSES, whose memory is held in benediction. 6 Therefore the women sang his praises and ascribed to him tens of thousands. All told, we now possess about two-thirds of the Hebrew original of Ben Sira (one estimate calculates about 2210 cola out of about 3220 cola in the complete Greek version of Ben Sira), with considerable overlap between and among the various manuscripts. 7 All these were glorious in their time, each illustrious in his day. 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. 29 Because you approached the fear of the LORD with your heart full of guile. Specifically, we thank the following: To all of the individuals with whom we have been in contact – Ben Outhwaite, César Merchán-Hamann, Ilana Tahan, Jean-Claude Kuperminc, Avraham Malthete, David Kraemer, William Klein, Yael Barshack, Orit Kuslansky, Penina Shor, Shani Tzoref, Natalie Dohrmann, and Gifford Combs – we say לכל מעשיכם ניתן הודות ‘for all of your deeds we give thanks’ (adapting Ben Sira 47:8 [MS B]). Majestic, glorious, renowned for splendor, a delight to the eyes, beauty supreme. e livre est l'oeuvre d'un certain Jésus (= Josué) fils de Sirac (en hébreu Ben Sira), d'où l'appellation moderne de Siracide (ancienne appellation: l'Ecclésiastique). 20 A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him. Twelve chapters of Ben Sira are reproduced here. 12 As a thirsty traveler with eager mouth drinks from any water that he finds, 20 For in cultivating her you will labor but little, and soon you will eat of her fruits. 14 Better a man’s harshness than a woman’s indulgence, a frightened daughter than any disgrace. For the Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come. Chapter 4 - My child, do not mock the life of the poor; do not keep needy eyes waiting. 23 For discipline is like her name, she is not accessible to many. 11 My son, keep a close watch on your daughter, lest she make you a laughingstock for your enemies, While we could have placed the two in perfect combination, we have elected to leave a small space between them, so that the user of this website is able to realize how the two have become one. We append here a note regarding a certain confusion over the MS B folios (X recto through XVIII verso) housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, with the shelfmark MS. Heb. 5 He permitted him to hear his voice, and led him into the cloud, 3: La femme vertueuse est une bonne part; elle sera donnée en partage à ceux qui craignent le Seigneur. 18 Men of other families were inflamed against him, were jealous of him in the desert, La meilleure citation de Ben Sira préférée des internautes. 32 My son, if you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. May he grant you wisdom of heart to govern his people in justice, 12 On his turban the diadem of gold, its plate wrought with the insignia of holiness, The first 43 chapters of the Book provide moral instruction and common sense gained from experience, fitting of Wisdom literature. Lisez le TOP 10 des citations de Ben Sira pour mieux comprendre sa vie, ses actes et sa philosophie. 29 Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy. 18 You were called by that glorious name which was conferred upon Israel. 4 How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Livre deutérocanonique de l'Ancien Testament (non retenu par le canon juif) d'inspiration sapientielle, intitulé "Ecclésiastique" par la Vulgate et "Siracide" par la Septante, du nom de son auteur Jésus Ben Sira. 27 With all your soul draw close to her; with all your strength keep her ways. To punish the enemy and to win the inheritance for Israel. The book was translated into Greek by the author’s grandson in Egypt (almost undoubtedly in Alexandria) in 132 B.C.E., during the reign of Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II. 11 The LORD forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; That he might teach his precepts to Jacob, his judgments and decrees to Israel. That he would give them an inheritance from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. Breeches and tunic and robe with pomegranates around the hem, 5 How becoming to the aged is wisdom, understanding and prudence to the venerable! In the ensuing years, at the close of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, more and more folios of Ben Sira from the Cairo Genizah were identified by scholars. 25 My whole being loathes two nations, the third is not even a people: 23 May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you; 3 He made sport of lions as though they were kids, and of bears, like lambs of the flock. The Hebrew text of Sirach 50:27 and 51:30 gives the following genealogy: Simeon son of Jesus, son of Eleazar, son of Sira, making the author the grandson and not the son of Sira, and so he is called by Saadia; see HDB (Nestle) and EB, II, 1165 (Toy). Gold you gathered like so much iron, you heaped up silver as though it were lead; Thus, we have about 550 cola extant in two different Cairo Genizah manuscripts, and about 44 cola extant in three different Cairo Genizah manuscripts (14 in MSS B, C, and D; 22 in MSS B, E, and F; and 8 in MSS A, C, and D) – in addition to some overlap between the ancient and medieval testimonies, for example, between 11QPsa found at Qumran and MS B, and between the Masada scroll and MS B. 8 Some of them have left behind a name and men recount their praiseworthy deeds; A book with many different names, and containing lots of important information. MS C, folio V (recto and verso), deserves special comment. 2 The abounding glory of the Most High's portion, his own part, since the days of old. Precious stones with seal engravings in golden settings, the work of the jeweler, At God's word he established the kingdom and anointed princes to rule the people. The composition is a collection of proverbs and teachings, written in poetry, within the well-known and widespread ancient Near Eastern tradition of wisdom literature. 01 Mes enfants, écoutez-moi, qui suis votre père, et agissez en conséquence, afin d’être sauvés. 23 If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the LORD will bestow her upon you; 3 And who could withstand him when he fought the battles of the LORD? A manuscript with six chapters of Sirach was found at Masada. Rutgers University 9 Fear of the LORD is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown. Once more the wonders of modern technology have come to our aid, for we are able to present MS C VII, recto and verso, with the two items merged in a single photograph. 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/. Of constant training of children, of beating the sides of a wicked servant; 4 Give to the good but refuse the sinner; 3 He turned to God with his whole heart, and, though times were evil, he practiced virtue. 20 Then coming down he would raise his hands over all the congregation of Israel. 13 SOLOMON reigned during an era of peace, for God made tranquil all his borders. And poured it out at the foot of the altar, a sweet-smelling odor to the Most High God, Le livre de Bèn Sira, appelé couramment Ecclésiastique, fait partie des écrits sapientiaux. So she settles down before every tent peg and opens her quiver for every arrow. To burn sacrifices of sweet odor for a memorial, and to atone for the people of Israel. 1 The greatest among his brethren, the glory of his people, was SIMON the priest, son of Jochanan, With nothing added, nothing taken away; no need of a counselor for him! 11 When things go well, he is your other self, and lords it over your servants; 17 Then the LORD thundered forth from heaven, and the tremendous roar of his voice was heard. 4 Except for David, Hezekiah and Josiah, they all were wicked; 11 He who fears the LORD will have a happy end; even on the day of his death he will be blessed. 22 But God does not withdraw his mercy, nor permit even one of his promises to fail. 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). 4 Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity. Les 42 premiers chapitres forment une longue série de sentences. 13 Extolled be the memory of NEHEMIAH! Whose glory is equal to yours? 18 During his reign Sennacherib led an invasion and sent his adjutant; With the offerings to the LORD in their hands, in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel. 25 For even his covenant with David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, 14 Fullness of wisdom is fear of the LORD; she inebriates men with her fruits. 1 After him came NATHAN who served in the presence of David. 1 With three things I am delighted, for they are pleasing to the LORD and to men: 22 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Scripture is from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms copyright 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. He established him in honor and crowned him with lofty majesty; That he would make him numerous as the grains of dust, and exalt his posterity like the stars; 3 Or counselors in their prudence, or seers of all things in prophecy; 15 At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise. 24 Listen, my son, and heed my advice; refuse not my counsel. Jake@Binstein.com - JakeBinstein.com. 3 God wrought swift miracles at his words and sustained him in the king's presence. 13 Before him, no one was adorned with these, nor may they ever be worn by any A bad name and disgrace will you acquire: "That for the evil man with double tongue!" To root out, pull down, and destroy, and then to build and to plant. 23 Everything lives and abides forever; and to meet each need all things are preserved. Je vous exhorte donc à en faire la lecture avec bienveillance et attention, et à vous montrer indulgents dans les endroits où, malgré le soin que nous avons apporté à le traduire, nous paraîtrions avoir mal interprété quelques mots; car les termes hébreux n'ont pas la … 20 But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; Retrouvez toutes les phrases célèbres de Ben Sira parmi une sélection de + de 100 000 citations célèbres provenant d'ouvrages, d'interviews ou de discours. A beggar’s request do not reject; do not turn your face away from the poor. 12 And Jeshua, Jozadak's son? Feeble hands and quaking knees - from a wife who brings no happiness to her husband. In their time they built the house of God; This seems to be the earliest title of the book. We have elected to use the cataloging system devised by P. C. Beentjes, The Book of Ben Sira in Hebrew (Leiden: Brill, 1997), which in turn is based on the work of earlier scholars, in order to keep track of the various manuscripts and folios. Liste des citations de Ben Sira classées par thématique. 10 Then, too, the TWELVE PROPHETS - may their bones return to life from their resting place! All Rights Reserved. So that he and his descendants should possess the high priesthood forever. 23 God acknowledged him as the first-born, and gave him his inheritance. Fortunately, though, the Gaster article included excellent black-and-white photographs of the two sides of the folio page, and we have included them herein. Presumably it is located in London or Manchester, or it may have passed into private hands. To defeat the skilled warrior and raise up the might of his people, 16 Wickedness changes a woman's looks, and makes her sullen as a female bear. Read the Book of Ben Sira online. 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. He would be heard within the sanctuary, 13 All the sons of Aaron in their dignity clustered around him like poplars, 20 Then he increased the glory of Aaron and bestowed upon him his inheritance: 19 These two bring grief to my heart, and the third arouses my horror: 15 As a trustworthy prophet he was sought out and his words proved him true as a seer. A byword in the city and the assembly of the people, an object of derision in public gatherings. Do not grieve the hungry, nor anger the needy. 10 So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound. 20 You brought dishonor upon your reputation, shame upon your marriage, 5 He called upon the Most High God when his enemies beset him on all sides, Heureux est le mari d'une femme vertueuse, et le nombre de ses jours sera doublé. Notwithstanding these testimonies to the use of Ben Sira by Jews during the late antique and medieval periods, because Ben Sira was not canonized in the Jewish tradition, the Hebrew original eventually was lost. In light of recent discoveries, while the Book had traditionally been known as Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, the text is now called Ben Sira in view of its Hebrew origin. Par la parole du Seigneur, il ferma le ciel, et à trois reprises il en fit descendre le feu. 2 In his time also the wall was built with powerful turrets for the temple precincts; - c. 70 C.E. Who fosters men's growth from their mother's womb, and fashions them according to his will! 3 A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; 4 For contumacious desire destroys its owner and makes him the sport of his enemies. When, zealous for the God of all, he met the crisis of his people 7 Like the sun shining upon the temple, like the rainbow appearing in the cloudy sky; 17 Yet even God’s holy ones must fail in recounting the wonders of the LORD, Who brought ruin to Ephraim 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. Today the task is much easier for scholars, since these documents are available at websites such as http://www.jewishmanuscripts.org/ > www.genizah.org (for the Genizah manuscripts) and www.deadseascrolls.org.il/home (for the Qumran and Masada material). And because he was a devoted follower of God 22 But he holds no land among the people nor shares with them their heritage; This document, bearing the shelfmark CUL Or. 4 Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face. 22 And for ISAAC he renewed the same promise because of Abraham, his father. 5 A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. 7 and subdued the enemy on every side. 10 While unmarried, lest she be defiled, or in her husband’s house, lest she prove unfaithful; One hopes that future enterprises will make available online the manuscript evidence for the other two primary versions of the Book of Ben Sira, to wit, the Syriac text of the Peshitta and the Latin text of the Vulgate. Saved by Shaun G. Lynch, CFRE 16 He chose him from all mankind to offer holocausts and choice offerings, Harmony among brethren, friendship among neighbors, and the mutual love of husband and wife. 15 Was ever a man born like JOSEPH? 4 How becoming to the gray-haired is judgment, and a knowledge of counsel to those on in years! 27 Wise instruction, appropriate proverbs, I have written in this book, 24 All of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has he made in vain; 2 Of the Law of the Most High and his precepts, or of justice that acquits the ungodly; To our great fortune, portions of six medieval manuscripts were discovered in the Cairo Genizah, commencing in 1896. Welcome to www.bensira.org, the website devoted to the ancient and medieval Hebrew manuscripts of the book of Ben Sira. 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. 9 A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful, and worry over her drives away sleep: Rédigé vers 200 av. To commemorate in incised letters each of the tribes of Israel; A blast to resound mightily as a reminder before the Most High. 12 Their bones return to life from their resting place, and their names receive fresh luster in their children! To lead the people into their inheritance, the land flowing with milk and honey. We are pleased to present a summary of his findings here. Both the Bodleian's own website and www.genizah.org display these folios in the incorrect order. Though false charges in public, trial before all the people, and lying testimony are harder to bear than death, 17 He gave to him his laws, and authority to prescribe and to judge: 18 The root of wisdom is fear of the LORD; her branches are length of days. 17 When her husband sits among his neighbors, a bitter sigh escapes him unawares. 15 Now will I recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe. In addition to the medieval copies of Ben Sira, we also possess more ancient copies.

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