Looming death (Sir 14:11-14:14)

“My child!

Treat yourself well,

According to your means.

Present worthy offerings

To the Lord.

Remember

That death does not tarry.

The decree of Hades

Has not been shown to you.

Do good to your friends

Before you die.

Reach out!

Give to them

As much as you can.

Do not deprive yourself

Of a day’s enjoyment.

Do not let your share of desired goods

Pass you by.”

Sirach wants you to take care of yourself as much as you can. Make worthy offerings to the Lord. Remember, that death will come soon enough, since you do not know the day of your death. Be nice to your friends before you die. Give them as much as you can, but don’t deprive yourself of enjoyment. Keep your share of goods.