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Commentary on Sirach

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1, 1–8 :

The Lord is the source and preserver of wisdom (1); he created her from eternity, before all things else (4–7); all his works reflect wisdom (2f. 8).

1, 1 :

Wisdom: here the author speaks of true wisdom, namely God’s external revelation of himself. Throughout the book he describes in great detail just what wisdom is; sometimes it is divine; sometimes it is a synonym for God’s law; sometimes it is human. But the author makes clear that even human wisdom, properly understood, comes from God.

1, 9–18 :

Here are described the spiritual and temporal blessings that come during the lifetime of him who fears the Lord, i.e. practices true religion.

1, 9 :

Fear of the Lord: see note on Ps 111, 10 .

1, 19–22 :

The disciple of wisdom shuns unjust anger which brings downfall. By patience and self-control he preserves calm, recovers contentment, and receives public praise. The sinner, on the contrary, despises the restraints which religion imposes.

1, 25–29 :

Infidelity to religion, or the use of it for any but the single purpose of serving God, is hypocrisy and self-exaltation, deserving of public disgrace.

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