“Do not appear
Before the Lord
All that you offer
Is a fulfillment of the commandments.
The offering of a righteous person
Enriches the altar.
Its pleasing odor
Rises before the Most High.
The sacrifice of the righteous
It will never be forgotten.
When you worship the Lord!
Do not stint
The first fruits of your hands!
With every gift
Show a cheerful face!
Dedicate your tithe
Give to the Most High
As he has given to you!
Be as generous
As you can afford!”
Sirach wanted every Temple sacrificial offering to be generous. You should never appear before the Lord empty-handed. You should fulfill the commandments. Your offering should enrich the altar with a pleasing odor that reaches to the Most High God. The acceptable sacrifices of the righteous will never be forgotten. Thus, you should be generous when you worship the Lord. You should not be stingy with your offering of the first fruits. Every tithe gift that you bring should be with a cheerful glad face. Remember that you are giving to the Most High God as he has given to you. You should be as generous as you can afford to be.
“She reaches mightily
From one end of the earth
To the other.
She orders all things well.”
Wisdom reaches all over the earth from one end to the other end. She puts everything in order.
“She opens her hand to the poor.
She reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid for her household,
When it snows.
All her household are clothed in crimson.
She makes herself coverings.
Her clothing is fine linen.
Her clothing is purple.
Her husband is known in the city gates.
He takes his seat among the elders of the land.”
This perfect wife opens up and reaches out to the poor and the needy. She is not afraid of snow, since her household has crimson warm garments. She makes her own clothes, fine linen, and purple. Thus her husband can sit at the city gates with the elders of the land, while she takes care of everything in the household.
From my youth
You have taught me!
I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs.
Do not forsake me!
I proclaim your might
To all the generations to come.
Reach the high heavens!”
This old psalmist reminds God that from his youth he had proclaimed the wondrous deeds of God even up to his present old age. Despite his grey hairs, he does not want God to leave him. This old psalmist will continue to proclaim the might of God for generations to come. The power and righteousness of God reaches to the high heavens.