19 He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy. 16 He, too, called upon God, and offered him a suckling lamb; 17 For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. 16 A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; 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 … 32 My son, if you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. BEN SIRA Brown Bag Bible Study. 7 You heard threats at Sinai, at Horeb avenging judgments. 23 Everything lives and abides forever; and to meet each need all things are preserved. 5 There are three things at which my heart quakes, a fourth before which I quail: Majestic, glorious, renowned for splendor, a delight to the eyes, beauty supreme. J.-C. en hébreu, mais texte original disparu. 28 For then the LORD will reveal your secrets and publicly cast you down, To our great fortune, portions of six medieval manuscripts were discovered in the Cairo Genizah, commencing in 1896. 18 During his reign Sennacherib led an invasion and sent his adjutant; 14 Their bodies are peacefully laid away, but their name lives on and on. 14 Few on earth have been made the equal of ENOCH, for he was taken up bodily. 1 Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; THE WISDOM OF BEN SIRA (ECCLESIASTICUS) The Wisdom of Ben Sira derives its title from the author, “Yeshua [Jesus], son of Eleazar, son of Sira” (50:27). 22 How beautiful are all his works, delightful to gaze upon and a joy to behold! Ben Sira, the author, was a devout man of wisdom who lived in Jerusalem about 200 BC. Le prophète Élie surgit comme un feu, sa parole brûlait comme une torche. In a lasting covenant with him and with his family, as permanent as the heavens, 16 The sons of Aaron would sound a blast, the priests, on their trumpets of beaten metal; 20 A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him. 15 Despite all this the people did not repent, nor did they give up their sins, 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. Consecrated to the LORD as a prophet, was SAMUEL, the judge and priest. The grandson also presents the name of his grandfather as Iesous, the Greek version of Yeshuaʿ, in conformity with the name presented at 50:27 (see above). 17 He gave to him his laws, and authority to prescribe and to judge: 3 A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; Was an individual heritage through one son alone; but the heritage of Aaron is for all his descendants. And God Most High gave answer to him in hailstones of tremendous power, 27 With all your soul draw close to her; with all your strength keep her ways. J.-C. The Book of Sirach, also called the Wisdom of Sirach or simply Sirach (/ ˈ s aɪ r æ k /), and also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus (/ ɪ ˌ k l iː z i ˈ æ s t ɪ k ə s /; abbreviated Ecclus.) 37 Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; 21 février 2017 – Ben Sira le Sage 2,1-2. 15 At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise. 13 Beloved of his people, dear to his Maker, dedicated from his mother's womb, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends. 11 He who fears the LORD will have a happy end; even on the day of his death he will be blessed. 8 A drunken wife arouses great anger, for she does not hide her shame. 14 No poison worse than that of a serpent, no venom greater than that of a woman. 4 As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people's disgrace, Les juifs et les protestants considèrent ce livre comme apocryphe, et par conséquent non canonique ; Livre de Ben Sira le Sage. The Wisdom Literature included in the following order: the Books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, 6 The crown of old men is wide experience; their glory, the fear of the LORD. Thus, for example, pages from MS A are in Cambridge and New York; pages from MS B are in Oxford, Cambridge, and London; pages from MS C are in Cambridge, Paris, and Los Angeles; and pages from MS D are in Cambridge and Paris. We are exceedingly grateful to the institutions and one private individual, which (who) serve as the custodians of these invaluable documents. 8 You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance, and a prophet as your successor. He rebuilt our ruined walls, Restored our shattered defenses, and set up gates and bars. Until one arose who should not be remembered, the sinner who led Israel into sin, And the man who passes from justice to sin, for whom the LORD makes ready the sword. This single folio was published by Moses Gaster in Jewish Quarterly Review (Old Series) in 1900, but unfortunately its whereabouts are now unknown. Another folio which deserves special comment is MS C, folio VII, recto and verso. 1 The greatest among his brethren, the glory of his people, was SIMON the priest, son of Jochanan, 16 Like the sun rising in the LORD'S heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home. While originally written in Hebrew, the Book was read only through its Greek translation, known as Σειρὰχ. 10 While unmarried, lest she be defiled, or in her husband’s house, lest she prove unfaithful; 11 The JUDGES, too, each one of them, whose hearts were not deceived, 6 Therefore the women sang his praises and ascribed to him tens of thousands. 19 When Samuel approached the end of his life, he testified before the LORD and his anointed prince, 24 and caused them to be exiled from their land. 9 He also referred to JOB, who always persevered in the right path. 23 If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the LORD will bestow her upon you; 23 In woman was sin's beginning, and because of her we all die. 5 He permitted him to hear his voice, and led him into the cloud, The breastpiece for decision, the ephod and cincture As with all ancient texts discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Scripture was in consonantal text only. 03 Celui qui honore son père obtient le pardon de ses péchés, 13 Extolled be the memory of NEHEMIAH! This document, bearing the shelfmark CUL Or. 19 As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her; then await her bountiful crops. 23 May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you; Read the Book of Ben Sira online. He would be heard within the sanctuary, To commemorate in incised letters each of the tribes of Israel; The blessing of the LORD would be upon his lips, the name of the LORD would be his glory. 5 A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. 3 Of sharing the expenses of a business or a journey, of dividing an inheritance or property; 1 After him came NATHAN who served in the presence of David. These documents now reside in Jerusalem, under the aegis of the Israel Antiquities Authority. 17 Knowledge and full understanding she showers down; she heightens the glory of those who possess her. His brethren ringed him about like a garland, like a stand of cedars on Lebanon; 7 A bad wife is a chafing yoke; he who marries her seizes a scorpion. 25 Be not faithless to the fear of the LORD, nor approach it with duplicity of heart. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. 22 Among wisdom's treasures is the paragon of prudence; but fear of the LORD is an abomination to the sinner. As ordered by the illustrious prophet Isaiah, who saw the truth in visions. 2 A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. The main portion of this leaf, with the shelfmark T-S 12.727, was published by Solomon Schechter in 1900; a small fragment which creates a perfect join, bearing the shelfmark T-S AS 213.4, was then identified and published by Alexander Scheiber in 1982. 9 Fear of the LORD is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown. 11 The LORD forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; 13 With devoted men was she created from of old, and with their children her beneficence abides. Lest she become pregnant in her father’s house, or be sterile in that of her husband. 21 The man is a slave, in disgrace and shame, when a wife supports her husband. 2 The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity: who can number these? Le Siracide . Il n'y a qu'un sage grandement redoutable, assis sur son trône: c'est le Seigneur. According to the now well-known story, when the British scholar-travelers and twin sisters Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson brought back Hebrew documents obtained in Cairo, and then showed one of them to Solomon Schechter (then Reader in Rabbinics at the University of Cambridge), the great scholar identified the first leaf of the Hebrew original of Ben Sira to come to light in the modern era. 20 But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; Gold you gathered like so much iron, you heaped up silver as though it were lead; Like the trees of Lebanon in summer, 20 He observed the precepts of the Most High, and entered into an agreement with him; So she settles down before every tent peg and opens her quiver for every arrow. 7 for they had treated him badly who even in the womb had been made a prophet, 11 My son, keep a close watch on your daughter, lest she make you a laughingstock for your enemies, 11 How can we fittingly praise ZERUBBABEL, who was like a signet ring on God's right hand, 6 Of a seal to keep a foolish wife at home, of a key where there are many hands; New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A. I, Jesus, son of Eleazar, son of Sirach, as they gushed forth from my heart's understanding. 12 Through God's covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake. 02 Le Seigneur glorifie le père dans ses enfants, il renforce l’autorité de la mère sur ses fils. 3 No good comes to those who give comfort to the wicked, nor is it an act of mercy that they do. These documents were discovered at Qumran and Masada, and while they represent a much smaller amount of material, their antiquity speaks for itself, for these manuscripts date from only a century or two after the work’s original composition, that is, c. 50 B.C.E. In whose time the house of God was renovated, in whose days the temple was reinforced. Since Beentjes’s publication, however, new leaves belonging to MS C and MS D have come to light (see above), so that we have needed to renumber some of the folios. Department of Jewish Studies No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner. 4 Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity. Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and, in the Greek Septuagint, the Books of Wisdom and Sirach. grends@rutgers.edu and the children of his race would be remembered; 6 A jealous wife is heartache and mourning and a scourging tongue like the other three. 28 Search her out, discover her; seek her and you will find her. 6 Who burned the holy city and left its streets desolate, As JEREMIAH had foretold; 24 Listen, my son, and heed my advice; refuse not my counsel. 9 A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful, and worry over her drives away sleep: 26 Play not the hypocrite before men; over your lips keep watch. 29 Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy. 19 ABRAHAM, father of many peoples, kept his glory without stain: De bonnes relations, tu peux en avoir avec beaucoup de monde ; mais des conseils, n'en demande qu'à un seul entre mille. 21 Thus two governments came into being, when in Ephraim kingship was usurped. Sirach begins at quire 68, folio 1r (which includes the grandson's prologue), and runs through quire 71, folio 2r; the website presents both the images and the transcription. 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. The rabbinical tradition that the Wisdom of Ben Sira was written by a sage of Jerusalem about 180 B.C. 22 But God does not withdraw his mercy, nor permit even one of his promises to fail. The Wisdom of Ben Sira derives its title from the author, “Yeshua [Jesus], son of Eleazar, son of Sira” (50:27). 13 And for all time their progeny will endure, their glory will never be blotted out; 1 With three things I am delighted, for they are pleasing to the LORD and to men: 18 The root of wisdom is fear of the LORD; her branches are length of days. Then he will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant. and no one dared gainsay him. 2 Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; 3 What you have not saved in your youth, how will you acquire in your old age? 15 Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge. That he should serve God in his priesthood and bless his people in his name. 9 You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses. 18 Men of other families were inflamed against him, were jealous of him in the desert, He fixed the boundaries for his tribes, and their division into twelve. In such cases, we have provided both our new numbers and the older numbers. As with the Book of Job, the author notes the "beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord." 20 Then coming down he would raise his hands over all the congregation of Israel. Wrath upon your descendants, and groaning upon your domain; MS C, folio V (recto and verso), deserves special comment. But Judah remained, a tiny people, with its rulers from the house of David. The sacred offerings he allotted to him, with the showbread as his portion; 5 Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right arm Jake@Binstein.com - JakeBinstein.com. Un ami fidèle est un élixir de vie que découvriront ceux qui craignent le Seigneur. 22 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; mardi 21 mai 2013 - Lecture du livre de Ben Sirac le Sage (2, 1-11) - Mon fils, si tu viens te mettre au service du Seigneur, prépare-toi à subir l’épreuve; fais-toi un cœur droit, et tiens bon; ne te tourmente pas à l’heure de l’adversité. To teach the precepts to his people, and the ritual to the descendants of Israel. 18 There is scarce any evil like that in a woman; may she fall to the lot of the sinner! 10 That all the people of Jacob might know how good it is to be a devoted follower of the LORD. The first 43 chapters of the Book provide moral instruction and common sense gained from experience, fitting of Wisdom literature. L'auteur vivait à Jérusalem avant l'insurrection des Maccabées. 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. As the high priest completed the services at the altar by presenting to God the sacrifice due; Indeed, due to the vagaries by which the approximately 300,000 Cairo Genizah manuscripts found their way to dozens of diverse libraries, museums, institutions, and private collections throughout Europe, North America, and Israel, even folios from the same manuscript are located in different places. 4 For contumacious desire destroys its owner and makes him the sport of his enemies. 12 As a thirsty traveler with eager mouth drinks from any water that he finds, 10 Fear of the LORD warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days. 3 He made sport of lions as though they were kids, and of bears, like lambs of the flock. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; 4 Except for David, Hezekiah and Josiah, they all were wicked; 14 By the law of the LORD he judged the nation, when he visited the encampments of Jacob. Rutgers University In addition, there are resonances of Ben Sira in medieval Jewish poetry, most famously in the piyyuṭ מראה כהן ‘The Appearance of the Priest’, recited during the Musaf service on Yom Kippur, with clear echoes of the description of the high priest in Ben Sira, ch. These Genizah materials currently are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. 7 There are nine who come to my mind as blessed, a tenth whom my tongue proclaims: 5 Of acquiring much or little, of bargaining in dealing with a merchant; 15 A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. 1 Till like a fire there appeared the prophet whose words were as a flaming furnace. 15 For Moses ordained him and anointed him with the holy oil, 12 The beginning of wisdom is fear of the LORD, which is formed with the faithful in the womb. 15 As a trustworthy prophet he was sought out and his words proved him true as a seer.

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