Follow the law (Sir 32:24-32:24)

“Whoever keeps the law

Preserves himself.

Whoever believes the law,

Heeds the commandments.

Whoever trusts the Lord

Will not suffer loss.”

If you follow the law, you will save yourself. If you believe in the law, you will follow the commandments. If you trust in the Lord, you will not suffer any loss. Here Sirach connects the law, the commandments, and the Lord.

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Trust in the Lord (Sir 11:20-11:22)

“Stand by your agreement!

Attend to it! Grow old in your work! Do not wonder

At the works of a sinner! Trust in the Lord!

Keep at your job!

It is easy in the sight of the Lord

To suddenly make

The poor become rich,

In an instant.

The blessing of the Lord

Is the reward of the pious.

Quickly God causes his blessings to flourish.”

You should trust in the Lord. Keep and attend to your agreements. Grow old at your work. Stay at your job. Do not wonder about the works of sinners. The Lord can make a poor man rich instantaneously. The blessing of the Lord is the reward for the pious ones. He can make his blessings flourish.