19 All the people of the land would shout for joy, praying to the Merciful One, 9: C'est lui qui l'a créée; il l'a vue et il l'a nombrée. I, Jesus, son of Eleazar, son of Sirach, as they gushed forth from my heart's understanding. Happy is he who sins not with his tongue, and he who serves not his inferior. 13 For just as moths come from garments, so a woman’s wickedness comes from a woman. 02 Le Seigneur glorifie le père dans ses enfants, il renforce l’autorité de la mère sur ses fils. Department of Jewish Studies 1 The name JOSIAH is like blended incense, made lasting by a skilled perfumer. Note added in May 2020: Since the website was launched in December 2013, Eric Reymond (Yale University) has worked assiduously to identify new readings in the Ben Sira manuscripts. 11 He who fears the LORD will have a happy end; even on the day of his death he will be blessed. 14 No poison worse than that of a serpent, no venom greater than that of a woman. 20 Stumble not through woman's beauty, nor be greedy for her wealth; Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and, in the Greek Septuagint, the Books of Wisdom and Sirach. 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. 1 Say nothing harmful, small or great; be not a foe instead of a friend; 1 After him came NATHAN who served in the presence of David. So she settles down before every tent peg and opens her quiver for every arrow. 4 Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face. and no one dared gainsay him. To punish the enemy and to win the inheritance for Israel. Rutgers University He would be heard within the sanctuary, The book of Ben Sira was composed in Hebrew c. 180 B.C.E. 27 Wise instruction, appropriate proverbs, I have written in this book, 4 Except for David, Hezekiah and Josiah, they all were wicked; We are pleased to present a summary of his findings here. Les juifs et les protestants considèrent ce livre comme apocryphe, et par conséquent non canonique ; 18 There is scarce any evil like that in a woman; may she fall to the lot of the sinner! Lest in her youth she remain unmarried, or when she is married, lest she be childless; A wealthy man reduced to want; illustrious men held in contempt; 12 Because of his merits he had as his successor a wise son, who lived in security: 4 For his trustworthiness and meekness God selected him from all mankind; As the high priest completed the services at the altar by presenting to God the sacrifice due; 28 For then the LORD will reveal your secrets and publicly cast you down, Lecture du livre de Ben Sirac le Sage (Si) 6, 5-17 La parole agréable attire de nombreux amis, le langage aimable attire de nombreuses gentillesses. 3 A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; The sacred offerings he allotted to him, with the showbread as his portion; That he should serve God in his priesthood and bless his people in his name. To lead the people into their inheritance, the land flowing with milk and honey. In addition to the medieval copies of Ben Sira, we also possess more ancient copies. They have provided us with new high-resolution digital images of the Ben Sira manuscripts and/or have generously allowed us to incorporate them into this website for public use. 0 (1) LA LOI, les Prophètes et les livres qui leur font suite nous ont transmis de nombreuses et grandes leçons, et il faut, à ce sujet, louer Israël pour son enseignement et sa sagesse. 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.) 29 Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy. » Proverbes 12, 26 « Un pervers sème la discorde, le … 14 Better a man’s harshness than a woman’s indulgence, a frightened daughter than any disgrace. 11 My son, keep a close watch on your daughter, lest she make you a laughingstock for your enemies, - Gave new strength to Jacob and saved him by their faith and hope. 14 His cereal offering is wholly burnt with the established sacrifice twice each day; This seems to be the earliest title of the book. Attache-toi au Seigneur, ne l’abandonne pas, afi 25 Be not faithless to the fear of the LORD, nor approach it with duplicity of heart. 1 With three things I am delighted, for they are pleasing to the LORD and to men: Wrath upon your descendants, and groaning upon your domain; The covenant with all his forebears was confirmed, and the blessing rested upon the head of JACOB. We know nothing of Ben Sira beyond what can be gathered from the book itself. The work was known to the rabbinic tradition, and indeed Ben Sira is cited in the Talmud and related literature on about a dozen occasions. Ben Sira, the author, was a devout man of wisdom who lived in Jerusalem about 200 BC. 17 When her husband sits among his neighbors, a bitter sigh escapes him unawares. 9 But of others there is no memory, for when they ceased, they ceased. 13 With devoted men was she created from of old, and with their children her beneficence abides. 16 Wisdom's garland is fear of the LORD, with blossoms of peace and perfect health. At God's word he established the kingdom and anointed princes to rule the people. 17 Like the light which shines above the holy lampstand, are her beauty of face and graceful figure. 2 God's honor devolved upon him, and the Lord strengthened him with fearful powers; Jake@Binstein.com - JakeBinstein.com. 1 Valiant leader was JOSHUA, son of Nun, assistant to Moses in the prophetic office, 2 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings, so was DAVID in Israel. 20 You brought dishonor upon your reputation, shame upon your marriage, 25 For even his covenant with David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, 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. 20 Then he increased the glory of Aaron and bestowed upon him his inheritance: 23 Everything lives and abides forever; and to meet each need all things are preserved. 15 And had stretched forth his hand for the cup, to offer blood of the grape, Lisez le TOP 10 des citations de Ben Sira pour mieux comprendre sa vie, ses actes et sa philosophie. He established him in honor and crowned him with lofty majesty; 10 Then, too, the TWELVE PROPHETS - may their bones return to life from their resting place! 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. upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends. A Fifty-First Chapter concludes the Book with a prayer. 22 But he holds no land among the people nor shares with them their heritage; Averted God's anger from the people and suppressed the wicked complaint - 3 Or counselors in their prudence, or seers of all things in prophecy; 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. The first 43 chapters of the Book provide moral instruction and common sense gained from experience, fitting of Wisdom literature. 20 A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him. To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to reestablish the tribes of Jacob. As with the Book of Job, the author notes the "beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord." He brought down upon them a miracle, and consumed them with his flaming fire. 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/. 8 You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance, and a prophet as your successor. On y trouve aussi bien des traits qui le rapprochent des Psaumes et du livre de Job. 2: La femme forte est la joie de son mari, et il passe ses années dans la paix. Liste des citations de Ben Sira classées par thématique. Le prophète Élie surgit comme un feu, sa parole brûlait comme une torche. Precious stones with seal engravings in golden settings, the work of the jeweler, 22 How beautiful are all his works, delightful to gaze upon and a joy to behold! Twelve chapters of Ben Sira are reproduced here. As with all ancient texts discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Scripture was in consonantal text only. Who knows her subtleties? 17 He gave to him his laws, and authority to prescribe and to judge: For the latter, for the nonce, go to: http://www.academic-bible.com/en/online-bibles/biblia-sacra-vulgata/read-the-bible-text/bibel/text/lesen/stelle/43///ch/21b1fc41d98dfeb7ef0f3ed4f74a96b9/. The Wisdom of Ben Sira derives its title from the author, “Yeshua [Jesus], son of Eleazar, son of Sira” (50:27). Precious is his memory, like honey to the taste, like music at a banquet. 14 Their bodies are peacefully laid away, but their name lives on and on. Until one arose who should not be remembered, the sinner who led Israel into sin, 21 The oblations of the LORD are his food, a gift to him and his descendants. 26 Those who live in Seir and Philistia, and the degenerate folk who dwell in Shechem. 9 Happy is he who finds a friend and he who speaks to attentive ears. He heard the prayer they uttered, and saved them through ISAIAH. 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). 4 As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people's disgrace, They abandoned the Law of the Most High, these kings of Judah, right to the very end. Lest their welfare should ever be forgotten, or your authority, throughout all time. 25 My whole being loathes two nations, the third is not even a people: 10: Il l'a répandue sur toutes ses oeuvres, ainsi que sur toute chair, selon la mesure de son don, il l'a donnée libéralement à ceux qui l'aiment. 15 Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge. 1 All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever. In the end, as noted above, pages from six separate manuscripts were discovered. 11 Follow close if her eyes are bold, and be not surprised if she betrays you: 18 During his reign Sennacherib led an invasion and sent his adjutant; 8 Some of them have left behind a name and men recount their praiseworthy deeds; 8 A drunken wife arouses great anger, for she does not hide her shame. 15 A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. 5 Composers of melodious psalms, or discoursers on lyric themes; A note about viewing the images: Within the ‘View the Manuscripts’ module, you will find a pull-down menu with each manuscript presented separately (Genizah MSS A-F; Masada; Qumran). Un ami fidèle est un élixir de vie que découvriront ceux qui craignent le Seigneur. A book with many different names, and containing lots of important information. 16 A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; 2 Une femme vaillante fait la joie de son mari, il connaîtra la paix tous les jours de sa vie.. 3 Une bonne épouse est le gros lot, elle reviendra à celui qui craint le Seigneur. 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. J.-C. en hébreu, mais texte original disparu. 19 He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. For the Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come. He and CALEB, son of Jephunneh, when they opposed the rebel assembly, 12 As a thirsty traveler with eager mouth drinks from any water that he finds, Ben Sira. 6 The crown of old men is wide experience; their glory, the fear of the LORD. Chapter 4 - My child, do not mock the life of the poor; do not keep needy eyes waiting. As he ascended the glorious altar and lent majesty to the court of the sanctuary. 7 for they had treated him badly who even in the womb had been made a prophet, Because of his worth there were survivors, and with a sign to him the deluge ended; 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. 22 She will be like a burdensome stone to test him, and he will not delay in casting her aside. In a lasting covenant with him and with his family, as permanent as the heavens, 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. 7 Of numbering every deposit, of recording all that is taken in and given out; BEN SIRA Brown Bag Bible Study. 4 Riche ou pauvre, il aura le cœur content ; à tout moment l’on verra son bonheur sur son visage. 37 Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; 1 Heureux le mari d’une bonne épouse : le nombre de ses jours en sera doublé !. its possessor is beyond compare. 24 By his powerful spirit he looked into the future and consoled the mourners of Zion; 18 The root of wisdom is fear of the LORD; her branches are length of days. Moreover, the age of Ben Sira discovery continues unabated, for several folios were identified as recently as 2007 and 2010. In so doing, we have digitally reunited the folios from the same manuscript (see above) in a single platform, thereby allowing the reader to ‘turn the page’ of each manuscript with the click of the mouse - just as the ancient or medieval reader would have moved his or her eye from one column or folio to the next one. 15 At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise. And from the grave he raised his voice as a prophet, to put an end to wickedness. Even his dead body was provided for. 5 So he gave over their power to others, their glory to a foolish foreign nation The blessing of the LORD would be upon his lips, the name of the LORD would be his glory. When his hand let fly the slingstone that crushed the pride of Goliath. Like the trees of Lebanon in summer, 25 Put your feet into her fetters, and your neck under her yoke. 5 You brought a dead man back to life from the nether world, by the will of the LORD. 15 As a trustworthy prophet he was sought out and his words proved him true as a seer. 2 Fall not into the grip of desire, lest, like fire, it consume your strength; Son genre littéraire ressemble à celui des Proverbes, de Qohèlèt et de la Sagesse de Salomon. 5 A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. 23 God acknowledged him as the first-born, and gave him his inheritance. 17 With song and story and riddle, and with your answers, you astounded the nations. 29 If he puts them into practice, he can cope with anything, for the fear of the LORD is his lamp. 20 He observed the precepts of the Most High, and entered into an agreement with him; 22 And for ISAAC he renewed the same promise because of Abraham, his father. A blast to resound mightily as a reminder before the Most High. 15 With a dragon or a lion I would rather dwell than live with an evil woman. Consecrated to the LORD as a prophet, was SAMUEL, the judge and priest. 13 Extolled be the memory of NEHEMIAH! 18 He brought low the rulers of the enemy and destroyed all the lords of the Philistines. 2 A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. 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. 24 Allow water no outlet, and be not indulgent to an erring wife. 16 He chose him from all mankind to offer holocausts and choice offerings, 8 He clothed him with splendid apparel, and adorned him with the glorious vestments: La meilleure citation de Ben Sira préférée des internautes. but beyond that of any living being was the splendor of ADAM. 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The breastpiece for decision, the ephod and cincture 10 While unmarried, lest she be defiled, or in her husband’s house, lest she prove unfaithful; 21 God struck the camp of the Assyrians and routed them with a plague. 3 By God's word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. And God Most High gave answer to him in hailstones of tremendous power, 20 He lacks no understanding; no single thing escapes him. And the man who passes from justice to sin, for whom the LORD makes ready the sword. The Book of Sirach, also known as Ecclesiasticus, is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate Bible. A beggar’s request do not reject; do not turn your face away from the poor. 1 Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; 13 Before him, no one was adorned with these, nor may they ever be worn by any 13 Worst of all sufferings is that from one's foes, worst of all vengeance is that of one's enemies: e. 62. To root out, pull down, and destroy, and then to build and to plant. 2 For he grieved over our betrayals, and destroyed the abominable idols. 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. 12 And Jeshua, Jozadak's son? Podcast Available for Premium Subscribers Read the Transcript. 18 Men of other families were inflamed against him, were jealous of him in the desert, To our great fortune, portions of six medieval manuscripts were discovered in the Cairo Genizah, commencing in 1896. 21 The man is a slave, in disgrace and shame, when a wife supports her husband. So he gave to Jacob a remnant, to David a root from his own family. MS C, folio V (recto and verso), deserves special comment. 8 EZEKIEL beheld the vision and described the different creatures of the chariot; 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 … 8 He has poured her forth upon all his works, Un ami fidèle n’a pas de prix, sa valeur est inestimable. A manuscript with six chapters of Sirach was found at Masada. 16 As the shining sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works; 16 The sons of Aaron would sound a blast, the priests, on their trumpets of beaten metal; 50. 2QSir designates Sirach from Cave 2 at Qumran, 11QPsª designates a scroll from Cave 11, which contained the canticle from Sirach Chapter 51:13-30, but which was found in the Psalms scroll! 14 Once he had completed the services at the altar with the arranging of the sacrifices for the Most High, 21 He regulates the mighty deeds of his wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, 19 But the LORD saw this and became angry, he destroyed them in his burning wrath. 2 Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; 10 Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; To commemorate in incised letters each of the tribes of Israel; In such cases, we have provided both our new numbers and the older numbers. That he would make him numerous as the grains of dust, and exalt his posterity like the stars; 1102 (=Manuscript B, IX recto and IX verso), is prominently displayed on the home page of this website, along with the handwritten note from Dr Schechter to Mrs Lewis informing her that the manuscript page ‘represents a piece of the original Hebrew of Ecclesiasticus’ (underscore in Schechter’s letter). For the LORD himself is his portion, his inheritance in the midst of Israel. 25 He foretold what should be till the end of time, hidden things yet to be fulfilled. 3 God wrought swift miracles at his words and sustained him in the king's presence. xpansive in folly, limited in sense, REHOBOAM, who by his policy made the people rebel; 2 What glory was his when he raised his arm, to brandish his javelin against the city! Majestic, glorious, renowned for splendor, a delight to the eyes, beauty supreme. 24 and caused them to be exiled from their land. Par la parole du Seigneur, il ferma le ciel, et à trois reprises il en fit descendre le feu. And because he was a devoted follower of God In adoration before the Most High, before the Holy One of Israel. 23 If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the LORD will bestow her upon you; Les 42 premiers chapitres forment une longue série de sentences. 7 and in Moses' lifetime showed himself loyal, 4 Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity. 180–175 BCE, where he is … 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]). Le livre du Siracide,que la tradition latine appelle Ecclésiastique,nous a été transmis dans son intégralité dans des manuscrits de la Septantegrecque (LXX*) sous le titre de Sagesse de Jésus fils de Sirach, du nom de son auteur (Ben Sira dans la tradition juive) ou, elliptiquement, Sagesse de Sirach. 15 Her entire house she fills with choice foods, her granaries with her harvest. We are exceedingly grateful to the institutions and one private individual, which (who) serve as the custodians of these invaluable documents. 21 How irksome she is to the unruly! 9 By her eyelids and her haughty stare an unchaste wife can be recognized. Clicking on the image of any folio or column will spawn a new tab with the image in full view; clicking on that image in turn will provide for a zoom view. 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. Though God has given his hosts the strength to stand firm before his glory. He is the author of Sirach, also known as the "Book of Ecclesiasticus". 14 A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. 6 Which he rained down upon the hostile army till on the slope he destroyed the foe; 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. by a sage in Jerusalem bearing the name שמעון בן ישוע בן אלעזר בן סירא Shim‘on ben Yeshua‘ ben ’El‘azar ben Sira (to cite the name of the author as presented in Manuscript B at 50:27, 51:30), or Yeshua‘ ben ’El‘azar ben Sira (via the Greek version at 50:27) – but which has come down to us, regardless of the specific forenames, as simply Ben Sira (again, see Manuscript B at 51:30: שנקרא בן סירא ‘who is called Ben Sira’). 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. See that there is no lattice in her room, or spot that overlooks the approaches to the house. 4 For contumacious desire destroys its owner and makes him the sport of his enemies. 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. Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy. 17 NOAH, found just and perfect, renewed the race in the time of devastation. 11 The JUDGES, too, each one of them, whose hearts were not deceived, Read the Book of Ben Sira online. 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. 19 Like a sandy hill to aged feet is a railing wife to a quiet man. 6 Therefore the women sang his praises and ascribed to him tens of thousands. By the LORD’s word his works were brought into being; he accepts the one who does his will. 16 Like the sun rising in the LORD'S heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home. 3 No good comes to those who give comfort to the wicked, nor is it an act of mercy that they do. Though false charges in public, trial before all the people, and lying testimony are harder to bear than death, Livre de Ben Sirac le Sage (48, 1-4.9-11) La Parole de Dieu . 12 But if you are brought low, he turns against you and avoids meeting you. However, most of the Hebrew text of Sirach has been uncovered in the Cairo Geniza, at Masada, and in three Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. 17 Then the LORD thundered forth from heaven, and the tremendous roar of his voice was heard. 15 Choicest of blessings is a modest wife, priceless her chaste person. So that he and his descendants should possess the high priesthood forever. 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).