Every other created living being
Sirach finally ends his tribute to the honorable famous holy men with the mention of Adam, the first man. He was above every other created living being, not just humans. Sirach gave Adam a unique place, as in Genesis, chapters 1-3.
“Few have ever been created
He was taken up
From the earth.”
Sirach ends his tribute to the honorable famous holy men by repeating what he had said about Enoch, in chapter 44, 5 chapters earlier, the first famous holy man mentioned. Enoch was the lucky 7th among the 12 patriarchs before the flood, the great grandfather of Noah. What made Enoch unique among these early patriarchs was that he does not seem to die, as he was taken up from the earth. There were also 3 apocryphal books about Enoch written from the 3rd century BCE to after the time of Jesus Christ. Thus his fascinating popularity was enormous. In fact, there are even a few mentions of Enoch in the New Testament writings.