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Brief author info: Ben Sira (2nd century b.c.e.) Hebrew scholar and philosopher (Simeon ben Jeshua ben Eleazer ben Sira) Noted sage and aphorist; author of The Wisdom of Ben Sira (c. 180 b.c.e.; also called Ecclesias-ticus and part of the Apocrypha); contains psalms as well as poems on daily life, conduct, and historical events.
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A man who has found one has found a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, And his value cannot be weighed.
A new friend is new wine; When it grows old, you will enjoy drinking it.
If you make a friend, make one only after testing him, And do not be in a hurry to confide in him. There are friends who are so when it suits their convenience, Who will not stand by you when you are in trouble.
Wisdom makes her sons exalted, And lays hold of those who seek her. Whoever loves her, loves life, And those who seek her early will be filled with joy.
Accept whatever happens to you, And be patient in humiliating vicissitudes. For gold is tested with fire, And men who are approved must be tested in the furnace of humiliation.
Unrighteous anger can never be excused, For the weight of a man's anger drags him down. A patient man will control himself for a while, And afterward joy will break out.
It will go hard with an obstinate heart at the end, And the man who loves danger will perish through it.
As water will quench a blazing fire, So charity will atone for sin.
He who provides for his father atones for his sins, And he who shows his mother honor is like a man who lays up treasure.
Fear not death, for it is your destiny.
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