The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 40:18–27

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18  The life of a worker, when content with what is sufficient, will become sweet, and in it you will find a treasure.

18  To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that findeth a treasure is above them both.

19  Sons, and the building of a city, will establish a name, but an immaculate wife will be ranked above these things.

19  Children and the building of a city continue a man’s name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both.

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20  Wine and music rejoice the heart, but the love of wisdom is above them both.

21  The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but a pleasant word is above them both.

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22  Your eye desires elegance and beauty, but verdant fields are above these things.

22  Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while it is green.

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23  A friend and a companion meet one another in time, but above them both is a wife with her husband.

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24  Brothers are a help in time of tribulation, but mercy will liberate, more so than they will.

24  Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both.

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25  Gold and silver provide a firm position for the feet, but well-spoken counsel is above them both.

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26  Ability and strength lift up the heart, but the fear of the Lord is above these things.

26  Riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help.

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27  There is no loss in the fear of the Lord, and it has no need to ask for assistance.