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Sirach 38


1 Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.

2 For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.

3 The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.

4 The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.

5 Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?

6 And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.

7 With such doth he heal [men,] and taketh away their pains.

8 Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,

9 My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.

10 Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.

11 Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.

12 Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.

13 There is a time when in their hands there is good success.

14 For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.

15 He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.

16 My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if thou hadst suffered great harm thyself; and then cover his body according to the custom, and neglect not his burial.

17 Weep bitterly, and make great moan, and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and that a day or two, lest thou be evil spoken of: and then comfort thyself for thy heaviness.

18 For of heaviness cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart breaketh strength.

19 In affliction also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart.

20 Take no heaviness to heart: drive it away, and member the last end.

21 Forget it not, for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him good, but hurt thyself.

22 Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to day for thee.

23 When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his Spirit is departed from him.

24 The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise.

25 How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks?

26 He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder.

27 So every carpenter and workmaster, that laboureth night and day: and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work:

28 The smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing that he maketh; he setteth his mind to finish his work, and watcheth to polish it perfectly:

29 So doth the potter sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at his work, and maketh all his work by number;

30 He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet; he applieth himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make clean the furnace:

31 All these trust to their hands: and every one is wise in his work.

32 Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down:

33 They shall not be sought for in publick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judges' seat, nor understand the sentence of judgment: they cannot declare justice and judgment; and they shall not be found where parables are spoken.

34 But they will maintain the state of the world, and [all] their desire is in the work of their craft.


1 τίμα ἰατρὸν πρὸς τὰς χρείας αὐτοῦ τιμαῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ γὰρ αὐτὸν ἔκτισεν κύριος

2 παρὰ γὰρ ὑψίστου ἐστὶν ἴασις καὶ παρὰ βασιλέως λήμψεται δόμα

3 ἐπιστήμη ἰατροῦ ἀνυψώσει κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔναντι μεγιστάνων θαυμασθήσεται

4 κύριος ἔκτισεν ἐκ γῆς φάρμακα καὶ ἀνὴρ φρόνιμος οὐ προσοχθιεῖ αὐτοῖς

5 οὐκ ἀπὸ ξύλου ἐγλυκάνθη ὕδωρ εἰς τὸ γνωσθῆναι τὴν ἰσχὺν αὐτοῦ

6 καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν ἀνθρώποις ἐπιστήμην ἐνδοξάζεσθαι ἐν τοῖς θαυμασίοις αὐτοῦ

7 ἐν αὐτοῖς ἐθεράπευσεν καὶ ἦρεν τὸν πόνον αὐτοῦ μυρεψὸς ἐν τούτοις ποιήσει μεῖγμα

8 καὶ οὐ μὴ συντελεσθῇ ἔργα αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰρήνη παρ᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐστιν ἐπὶ προσώπου τῆς γῆς

9 τέκνον ἐν ἀρρωστήματί σου μὴ παράβλεπε ἀλλ᾽ εὖξαι κυρίῳ καὶ αὐτὸς ἰάσεταί σε

10 ἀπόστησον πλημμέλειαν καὶ εὔθυνον χεῖρας καὶ ἀπὸ πάσης ἁμαρτίας καθάρισον καρδίαν

11 δὸς εὐωδίαν καὶ μνημόσυνον σεμιδάλεως καὶ λίπανον προσφορὰν ὡς μὴ ὑπάρχων

12 καὶ ἰατρῷ δὸς τόπον καὶ γὰρ αὐτὸν ἔκτισεν κύριος καὶ μὴ ἀποστήτω σου καὶ γὰρ αὐτοῦ χρεία

13 ἔστιν καιρὸς ὅτε καὶ ἐν χερσὶν αὐτῶν εὐοδία

14 καὶ γὰρ αὐτοὶ κυρίου δεηθήσονται ἵνα εὐοδώσῃ αὐτοῖς ἀνάπαυσιν καὶ ἴασιν χάριν ἐμβιώσεως

15 ὁ ἁμαρτάνων ἔναντι τοῦ ποιήσαντος αὐτὸν ἐμπέσοι εἰς χεῖρας ἰατροῦ

16 τέκνον ἐπὶ νεκρῷ κατάγαγε δάκρυα καὶ ὡς δεινὰ πάσχων ἔναρξαι θρήνου κατὰ δὲ τὴν κρίσιν αὐτοῦ περίστειλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ καὶ μὴ ὑπερίδῃς τὴν ταφὴν αὐτοῦ

17 πίκρανον κλαυθμὸν καὶ θέρμανον κοπετὸν καὶ ποίησον τὸ πένθος κατὰ τὴν ἀξίαν αὐτοῦ ἡμέραν μίαν καὶ δύο χάριν διαβολῆς καὶ παρακλήθητι λύπης ἕνεκα

18 ἀπὸ λύπης γὰρ ἐκβαίνει θάνατος καὶ λύπη καρδίας κάμψει ἰσχύν

19 ἐν ἐπαγωγῇ παραμένει καὶ λύπη καὶ βίος πτωχοῦ κατὰ καρδίας

20 μὴ δῷς εἰς λύπην τὴν καρδίαν σου ἀπόστησον αὐτὴν μνησθεὶς τὰ ἔσχατα

21 μὴ ἐπιλάθῃ οὐ γάρ ἐστιν ἐπάνοδος καὶ τοῦτον οὐκ ὠφελήσεις καὶ σεαυτὸν κακώσεις

22 μνήσθητι τὸ κρίμα μου ὅτι οὕτως καὶ τὸ σόν ἐμοὶ ἐχθὲς καὶ σοὶ σήμερον

23 ἐν ἀναπαύσει νεκροῦ κατάπαυσον τὸ μνημόσυνον αὐτοῦ καὶ παρακλήθητι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐν ἐξόδῳ πνεύματος αὐτοῦ

24 σοφία γραμματέως ἐν εὐκαιρίᾳ σχολῆς καὶ ὁ ἐλασσούμενος πράξει αὐτοῦ σοφισθήσεται

25 τί σοφισθήσεται ὁ κρατῶν ἀρότρου καὶ καυχώμενος ἐν δόρατι κέντρου βόας ἐλαύνων καὶ ἀναστρεφόμενος ἐν ἔργοις αὐτῶν καὶ ἡ διήγησις αὐτοῦ ἐν υἱοῖς ταύρων

26 καρδίαν αὐτοῦ δώσει ἐκδοῦναι αὔλακας καὶ ἡ ἀγρυπνία αὐτοῦ εἰς χορτάσματα δαμάλεων

27 οὕτως πᾶς τέκτων καὶ ἀρχιτέκτων ὅστις νύκτωρ ὡς ἡμέρας διάγει οἱ γλύφοντες γλύμματα σφραγίδων καὶ ἡ ἐπιμονὴ αὐτοῦ ἀλλοιῶσαι ποικιλίαν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ δώσει εἰς ὁμοιῶσαι ζωγραφίαν καὶ ἡ ἀγρυπνία αὐτοῦ τελέσαι ἔργον

28 οὕτως χαλκεὺς καθήμενος ἐγγὺς ἄκμονος καὶ καταμανθάνων ἔργα σιδήρου ἀτμὶς πυρὸς τήξει σάρκας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν θέρμῃ καμίνου διαμαχήσεται φωνῇ σφύρης κλινεῖ τὸ οὖς αὐτοῦ καὶ κατέναντι ὁμοιώματος σκεύους οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ καρδίαν αὐτοῦ δώσει εἰς συντέλειαν ἔργων καὶ ἡ ἀγρυπνία αὐτοῦ κοσμῆσαι ἐπὶ συντελείας

29 οὕτως κεραμεὺς καθήμενος ἐν ἔργῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ συστρέφων ἐν ποσὶν αὐτοῦ τροχόν ὃς ἐν μερίμνῃ κεῖται διὰ παντὸς ἐπὶ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐναρίθμιος πᾶσα ἡ ἐργασία αὐτοῦ

30 ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ τυπώσει πηλὸν καὶ πρὸ ποδῶν κάμψει ἰσχὺν αὐτοῦ καρδίαν ἐπιδώσει συντελέσαι τὸ χρῖσμα καὶ ἡ ἀγρυπνία αὐτοῦ καθαρίσαι κάμινον

31 πάντες οὗτοι εἰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν ἐνεπίστευσαν καὶ ἕκαστος ἐν τῷ ἔργῳ αὐτοῦ σοφίζεται

32 ἄνευ αὐτῶν οὐκ οἰκισθήσεται πόλις καὶ οὐ παροικήσουσιν οὐδὲ περιπατήσουσιν

33 ἀλλ᾽ εἰς βουλὴν λαοῦ οὐ ζητηθήσονται καὶ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ οὐχ ὑπεραλοῦνται ἐπὶ δίφρον δικαστοῦ οὐ καθιοῦνται καὶ διαθήκην κρίματος οὐ διανοηθήσονται

34 οὐδὲ μὴ ἐκφάνωσιν παιδείαν καὶ κρίμα καὶ ἐν παραβολαῖς οὐχ εὑρεθήσονται ἀλλὰ κτίσμα αἰῶνος στηρίσουσιν καὶ ἡ δέησις αὐτῶν ἐν ἐργασίᾳ τέχνης


1 [Honora medicum propter necessitatem:
etenim illum creavit Altissimus.

2 A Deo est enim omnis medela,
et a rege accipiet donationem.

3 Disciplina medici exaltabit caput illius,
et in conspectu magnatorum collaudabitur.

4 Altissimus creavit de terra medicamenta,
et vir prudens non abhorrebit illa.

5 Nonne a ligno indulcata est aqua amara?

6 Ad agnitionem hominum virtus illorum:
et dedit hominibus scientiam Altissimus,
honorari in mirabilibus suis.

7 In his curans mitigabit dolorem:
et unguentarius faciet pigmenta suavitatis,
et unctiones conficiet sanitatis:
et non consummabuntur opera ejus.

8 Pax enim Dei super faciem terræ.

9 Fili, in tua infirmitate ne despicias teipsum:
sed ora Dominum, et ipse curabit te.

10 Averte a delicto, et dirige manus,
et ab omni delicto munda cor tuum.

11 Da suavitatem et memoriam similaginis,
et impingua oblationem, et da locum medico:

12 etenim illum Dominus creavit, et non discedat a te,
quia opera ejus sunt necessaria.

13 Est enim tempus quando in manus illorum incurras:

14 ipsi vero Dominum deprecabuntur, ut dirigat requiem eorum,
et sanitatem, propter conversationem illorum.

15 Qui delinquit in conspectu ejus qui fecit eum,
incidet in manus medici.]

16 [Fili, in mortuum produc lacrimas,
et quasi dira passus incipe plorare:
et secundum judicium contege corpus illius,
et non despicias sepulturam illius.

17 Propter delaturam autem amare fer luctum illius uno die,
et consolare propter tristitiam:

18 et fac luctum secundum meritum ejus
uno die, vel duobus, propter detractionem:

19 a tristitia enim festinat mors, et cooperit virtutem,
et tristitia cordis flectit cervicem.

20 In abductione permanet tristitia,
et substantia inopis secundum cor ejus.

21 Ne dederis in tristitia cor tuum,
sed repelle eam a te, et memento novissimorum.

22 Noli oblivisci, neque enim est conversio:
et huic nihil proderis, et teipsum pessimabis.

23 Memor esto judicii mei: sic enim erit et tuum:
mihi heri, et tibi hodie.

24 In requie mortui requiescere fac memoriam ejus,
et consolare illum in exitu spiritus sui.]

25 [Sapientia scribæ in tempore vacuitatis,
et qui minoratur actu sapientiam percipiet,
qua sapientia replebitur.

26 Qui tenet aratrum,
et qui gloriatur in jaculo, stimulo boves agitat,
et conversatur in operibus eorum,
et enarratio ejus in filiis taurorum.

27 Cor suum dabit ad versandos sulcos,
et vigilia ejus in sagina vaccarum.

28 Sic omnis faber et architectus,
qui noctem tamquam diem transigit:
qui sculpit signacula sculptilia,
et assiduitas ejus variat picturam:
cor suum dabit in similitudinem picturæ,
et vigilia sua perficiet opus.

29 Sic faber ferrarius sedens juxta incudem,
et considerans opus ferri:
vapor ignis uret carnes ejus,
et in calore fornacis concertatur.

30 Vox mallei innovat aurem ejus,
et contra similitudinem vasis oculus ejus.

31 Cor suum dabit in consummationem operum,
et vigilia sua ornabit in perfectionem.

32 Sic figulus sedens ad opus suum,
convertens pedibus suis rotam,
qui in sollicitudine positus est semper propter opus suum,
et in numero est omnis operatio ejus.

33 In brachio suo formabit lutum,
et ante pedes suos curvabit virtutem suam.

34 Cor suum dabit ut consummet linitionem,
et vigilia sua mundabit fornacem.

35 Omnes hi in manibus suis speraverunt,
et unusquisque in arte sua sapiens est.

36 Sine his omnibus non ædificatur civitas,

37 et non inhabitabunt, nec inambulabunt,
et in ecclesiam non transilient.

38 Super sellam judicis non sedebunt,
et testamentum judicii non intelligent,
neque palam facient disciplinam et judicium,
et in parabolis non invenientur:

39 sed creaturam ævi confirmabunt:
et deprecatio illorum in operatione artis,
accomodantes animam suam,
et conquirentes in lege Altissimi.]

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