In adoration before the Most High, before the Holy One of Israel. The man who finds joy in his children, and he who lives to see his enemies' downfall. That he should serve God in his priesthood and bless his people in his name. One can imagine the confusion and the difficulty in examining all the textual witnesses. 15 Her entire house she fills with choice foods, her granaries with her harvest. 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. 22 For Hezekiah did what was right and held fast to the paths of David, 20 A patient man need stand firm but for a time, and then contentment comes back to him. 11 20 Then he increased the glory of Aaron and bestowed upon him his inheritance: 13 For just as moths come from garments, so a woman’s wickedness comes from a woman. 10 So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound. J.-C. Moreover, the age of Ben Sira discovery continues unabated, for several folios were identified as recently as 2007 and 2010. 4 As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people's disgrace, 10 The sacred vestments of gold, of violet, and of crimson, wrought with embroidery; 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. With iron tools he cut through the rock and he built reservoirs for water. 21 février 2017 – Ben Sira le Sage 2,1-2. For the latter, for the nonce, go to: 24 Listen, my son, and heed my advice; refuse not my counsel. 5 There are three things at which my heart quakes, a fourth before which I quail: 15 Choicest of blessings is a modest wife, priceless her chaste person. 32 My son, if you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. Precious stones with seal engravings in golden settings, the work of the jeweler, To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to reestablish the tribes of Jacob. 8 You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance, and a prophet as your successor. 3 By God's word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. 28 For then the LORD will reveal your secrets and publicly cast you down, 22 Depressed mind, saddened face, broken heart - this from an evil wife. 3 Your leaves it will eat, your fruits destroy, and you will be left a dry tree, He brought down upon them a miracle, and consumed them with his flaming fire. 14 In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. 19 As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her; then await her bountiful crops. With string music before the altar, providing sweet melody for the psalms 19 He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. When, zealous for the God of all, he met the crisis of his people 23 In his lifetime he turned back the sun and prolonged the life of the king. 6 Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. He is the author of Sirach, also known as the "Book of Ecclesiasticus". Though false charges in public, trial before all the people, and lying testimony are harder to bear than death, Twelve chapters of Ben Sira are reproduced here. They erected the holy temple, destined for everlasting glory. 21 For a while he holds back his words, then the lips of many herald his wisdom. Breeches and tunic and robe with pomegranates around the hem, He wrote his work in Hebrew, possibly in Alexandria in Egypt in the Ptolemaic Kingdom ca. 9 He also referred to JOB, who always persevered in the right path. 28 Happy the man who meditates upon these things, wise the man who takes them to heart! 2 Fall not into the grip of desire, lest, like fire, it consume your strength; Like the trees of Lebanon in summer, When he assumed the royal crown, he battled 15 Was ever a man born like JOSEPH? Though God has given his hosts the strength to stand firm before his glory. Welcome to, the website devoted to the ancient and medieval Hebrew manuscripts of the book of Ben Sira. 28 Search her out, discover her; seek her and you will find her. 1 Now will I praise those godly men, our ancestors, each in his own time: 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. 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. Chapter 4 - My child, do not mock the life of the poor; do not keep needy eyes waiting. 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. 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. 31 You will wear her as your robe of glory, bear her as your splendid crown. 2 The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity: who can number these? 15 As a trustworthy prophet he was sought out and his words proved him true as a seer. 25 For each in turn, as it comes, is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor? These Genizah materials currently are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. 19 When Samuel approached the end of his life, he testified before the LORD and his anointed prince, At our website they appear in the correct order, with correct procession of the material from Ben Sira 40:9 through Ben Sira 49:11. 3 Heaven's height, earth's breadth, the depths of the abyss: who can explore these? A book with many different names, and containing lots of important information. Read the Book of Ben Sira online. 5 How splendid he was as he appeared from the tent, as he came from within the veil! 6 Like a star shining among the clouds, like the full moon at the holyday season; 21 The oblations of the LORD are his food, a gift to him and his descendants. 21 For this reason, God promised him with an oath that in his descendants the nations would be blessed, 15 A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. 15 With a dragon or a lion I would rather dwell than live with an evil woman. 16 Wickedness changes a woman's looks, and makes her sullen as a female bear. We also gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance offered by the following colleagues: a) Martin Abegg, for graciously providing transcriptions of the Cairo Genizah manuscripts in a most generous manner; b) Benjamin H. Parker, who along with Prof Abegg, provided the translations of the Cairo Genizah folios; c) Roy Brown of Accordance Software, who kindly granted us permission to use the Abegg and Parker material (originally produced for Accordance); d) Eric Reymond, for graciously providing both the transcription and the translation of the Masada manuscript; e) Shulamit Elizur for allowing us to use her transcription and translation of the newly discovered folios of MS C; f) Prof Elizur and Michael Rand for their transcription of the newly discovered folio of MS D; g) Jeremy Corley, both for the annotated bibliography and for the list of early Greek Sirach manuscripts which accompany the website; h) Joshua A. Blachorsky, for producing the detailed Index of Passages; i) Eric Reymond, for compiling the list of New Readings; and j) Benjamin G. Wright, who has served as a consultant to the project. Livre de Ben Sira le Sage. 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. Par la parole du Seigneur, il ferma le ciel, et à trois reprises il en fit descendre le feu. This document, bearing the shelfmark CUL Or. 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. The sacred offerings he allotted to him, with the showbread as his portion; 4 He protected his people against brigands and strengthened his city against the enemy. 11 He who fears the LORD will have a happy end; even on the day of his death he will be blessed. 1 From him was to spring the man who won the favor of all: 9 And a rustle of bells round about, through whose pleasing sound at each step 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. 19 Like a sandy hill to aged feet is a railing wife to a quiet man. 1 The name JOSIAH is like blended incense, made lasting by a skilled perfumer. 3 A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; As he ascended the glorious altar and lent majesty to the court of the sanctuary. 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). He does not uproot the posterity of his chosen one, nor destroy the offspring of his friend. Wrath upon your descendants, and groaning upon your domain; 6 Who burned the holy city and left its streets desolate, As JEREMIAH had foretold; 4 For contumacious desire destroys its owner and makes him the sport of his enemies. 16 The sons of Aaron would sound a blast, the priests, on their trumpets of beaten metal; 19 But you abandoned yourself to women and gave them dominion over your body. 3 In his time the reservoir was dug, the pool with a vastness like the sea's. Precious is his memory, like honey to the taste, like music at a banquet. 10 Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; 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. 4 Except for David, Hezekiah and Josiah, they all were wicked; Ben Sira. 30 Her fetters will be your throne of majesty; her bonds, your purple cord. 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). 11 When things go well, he is your other self, and lords it over your servants; We are pleased to present a summary of his findings here. » Proverbes 12, 26 « Un pervers sème la discorde, le … 17 Knowledge and full understanding she showers down; she heightens the glory of those who possess her. 11 Fear of the LORD surpasses all else. Podcast Available for Premium Subscribers Read the Transcript. In the end, as noted above, pages from six separate manuscripts were discovered. 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. From the needy do not turn your eyes; do not give them reason to curse you. As with the Book of Job, the author notes the "beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord." In whose time the house of God was renovated, in whose days the temple was reinforced. • Son nom complet, est la « Sagesse de Jésus Ben Sira », ou plus brièvement, la Sagesse de Sira, d’où la création du terme « Siracide », • La traduction latine de la Vulgate lui a donné le nom « Ecclésiastique », car ce livre servait à l’instruction des futurs baptisés désireux d’entrer dans l’Eglise. 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. 19 The people's hearts melted within them, and they were in anguish like that of childbirth. 29 Because you approached the fear of the LORD with your heart full of guile. Subduers of the land in kingly fashion, men of renown for their might, 18 You were called by that glorious name which was conferred upon Israel. See that there is no lattice in her room, or spot that overlooks the approaches to the house. De bonnes relations, tu peux en avoir avec beaucoup de monde ; mais des conseils, n'en demande qu'à un seul entre mille. 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. Who brought ruin to Ephraim : une lecture de Siracide 7 (9782343110684) de Paulin Poucouta et sur le rayon L'univers de la Bible, La Procure. 12 Worst of all wounds is that of the heart, worst of all evils is that of a woman. 11 Vested in his magnificent robes, and wearing his garments of splendor, During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. 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: 6 Of a seal to keep a foolish wife at home, of a key where there are many hands; He destroyed the hostile Philistines and shattered their power till our own day. 15 At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise. So that he and his descendants should possess the high priesthood forever. 10 Like a luxuriant olive tree thick with fruit, like a cypress standing against the clouds; These documents now reside in Jerusalem, under the aegis of the Israel Antiquities Authority. 7 and in Moses' lifetime showed himself loyal, 03 Celui qui honore son père obtient le pardon de ses péchés, Another folio which deserves special comment is MS C, folio VII, recto and verso. Heureux est le mari d'une femme vertueuse, et le nombre de ses jours sera doublé. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner. 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. 5 Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right arm Chapters 44-50 present a refreshing history of the ancestors, patriarchs, and leaders of Israel. And they are as though they had not lived, they and their children after them. 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). 21 Then again the people would lie prostrate to receive from him the blessing of the Most High. 2 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings, so was DAVID in Israel. 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. 8 He has poured her forth upon all his works, 14 A gift from the LORD is her governed speech, and her firm virtue is of surpassing worth. 3: La femme vertueuse est une bonne part; elle sera donnée en partage à ceux qui craignent le Seigneur. e. 62. 12 Do not let her reveal her beauty to any male, or spend her time with married women; And poured it out at the foot of the altar, a sweet-smelling odor to the Most High God, As the high priest completed the services at the altar by presenting to God the sacrifice due; 14 Once he had completed the services at the altar with the arranging of the sacrifices for the Most High, 18 Then hymns would re-echo, and over the throng sweet strains of praise resound. 9 Fear of the LORD is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown. 20 But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; 2 Do good to the righteous and reward will be yours, if not from them, from the Lord. He heard the prayer they uttered, and saved them through ISAIAH. This seems to be the earliest title of the book. The book of Ben Sira was composed in Hebrew c. 180 B.C.E. 22 But God does not withdraw his mercy, nor permit even one of his promises to fail. By the LORD’s word his works were brought into being; he accepts the one who does his will. 5 How becoming to the aged is wisdom, understanding and prudence to the venerable! These documents, which are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem, are here presented in a single platform, to allow the scholar and the interested layperson to view these precious texts. 16 As the shining sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works; The blessing of the LORD would be upon his lips, the name of the LORD would be his glory. 10 He who finds wisdom is great indeed, but not greater than he who fears the LORD. 7 Like the sun shining upon the temple, like the rainbow appearing in the cloudy sky; 5 Of acquiring much or little, of bargaining in dealing with a merchant; Again his language is veiled. We know nothing of Ben Sira beyond what can be gathered from the book itself. 5 You brought a dead man back to life from the nether world, by the will of the LORD. 14 Fullness of wisdom is fear of the LORD; she inebriates men with her fruits. Even with this availability, however, anyone wishing to inspect a particular manuscript page must navigate these websites (always with multiple steps) in order to reveal the desired image. 21 He regulates the mighty deeds of his wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, 12 When he received the sundered victims from the priests while he stood before the sacrificial wood, 22 But he holds no land among the people nor shares with them their heritage; 25 If she walks not by your side, cut her away from you. A wealthy man reduced to want; illustrious men held in contempt; 21 How irksome she is to the unruly! Son genre littéraire ressemble à celui des Proverbes, de Qohèlèt et de la Sagesse de Salomon. Feeble hands and quaking knees - from a wife who brings no happiness to her husband. Les 42 premiers chapitres forment une longue série de sentences. 27 With all your soul draw close to her; with all your strength keep her ways. He gave him the commandments for his people, and revealed to him his glory. That he would give them an inheritance from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. 12 Through God's covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake. 26 Those who live in Seir and Philistia, and the degenerate folk who dwell in Shechem. Because of his worth there were survivors, and with a sign to him the deluge ended; Do not grieve the hungry, nor anger the needy. 25 My whole being loathes two nations, the third is not even a people: