Shame (Sir 20:21-20:23)

“One may be prevented

From sinning

By poverty.

When he rests,

He feels no remorse.

One may lose his life

Through shame.

One may lose his life

Because of his foolish look.

Another out of shame

Make promises to a friend.

Thus he makes an enemy

For nothing.”

If you are in poverty, there is less chance of you sinning. Thus when the poor person rests, he does not feel any remorse. However, you can lose your life through shame or some foolish look.   Another person may make promises to a friend that he is not able to keep. He will do this out of shame. Thus he ends up making an enemy for no good reason.

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Yahweh leads me in joy (Ps 16:9-16:11)

“Therefore my heart is glad.

My soul rejoices.

My body also rests secure.

You do not give me up to Sheol!

You do not let your faithful one see the pit!

You show me the path of life.

In your presence

There is fullness of joy.

In your right hand

There are pleasures forevermore.”

The psalmist’s heart is glad. His soul rejoices. His body rests secure. He is content. He will not be given up to Sheol or the pit, the death of the underworld. Instead the psalmist will have the path of life. In the presence of Yahweh, he will be filled with joy and everlasting pleasure. The contrast is stark as this psalm ends between death versus everlasting pleasure, joy, and happiness.