Noah (Sir 44:17-44:18)

“Noah was found perfect.

Noah was righteous.

In the time of wrath,

He kept the human race alive.

Therefore a remnant

Was left on the earth

When the flood came.

Everlasting covenants

Were made with him.

Thus all flesh should never again

Be blotted out by a flood.”

Now Sirach praises Noah, a more popular hero today, with his famous ark as in Genesis, chapters 6-10. In fact, there was a feature movie called Noah released in 2014. Noah was found to be perfect as a righteous man. Obviously then he was considered an ideal famous holy man. He kept humans going with the second creation after the flood. Here there is a mention of a remnant, those few who were loyal to God. Noah formed a series of covenants with God that there would never be another flood to blot out humankind. As part of these rainbow agreements, humans would not eat meat with the blood in it. They also should not kill each other. Humans, as the image of God, would then dominate the earth with all its creatures.

Looking for the wise man (Ps 53:2-53:2)

“God looks down from heaven

On humankind.

He wants to see

If there are any who are wise,

Those who seek after God.”

Once again this verse is exactly the same as in Psalm 14.  Here the name of Yahweh is not used, since this psalm refers to God, not Yahweh, who is perched in heaven, looking down at all the humans.  It was common to believe that God was up there somewhere.  He wanted to see if there were any wise ones who were seeking God on earth since the wise person was someone who was seeking God.