Master of the banquet (Sir 32:1-32:2)

“If they make you

Master of the feast,

Do not exalt yourself.

Be among them

As one of them.

Take good care of them first.

Then sit down.

When you have fulfilled

All your duties,

Take your place.

Thus you may be merry

Along with them.

Receive a wreath

For your excellent leadership.”

Sirach has some ideas if you are the master of a banquet. You should not exalt yourself. You should be among the others at the banquet just like one of them. However, you should take good care of all your guests first before you sit down to enjoy yourself. When everything has been done, you should then sit down and have some fun with the others. In the end, you should receive a wreath for your wonderful leadership.

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