Proverbs 4:8

Hebrew Bible

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;love her, and she will guard you. 7 Wisdom is supreme—so acquire wisdom,and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding! 8 Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. 9 She will place a fair garland on your head; she will bestow a beautiful crown on you.” 10 Listen, my child, and accept my words so that the years of your life will be many. Source

Date: 6th-3rd Centuries B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Sirach 11:1

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

1 The wisdom of the humble lifts their heads high, and seats them among the great. 2 Do not praise individuals for their good looks, or loathe anyone because of appearance alone. 3 The bee is small among flying creatures, but what it produces is the best of sweet things. 4 Do not boast about wearing fine clothes, and do not exalt yourself when you are honored; for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works are concealed from humankind. 5 Many kings have had to sit on the ground, but one who was never thought of has worn a crown. Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Labendz, Jenny R. The Book of Ben Sira in Rabbinic Literature (p. 347-392) AJS Review, 30, 2006

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Labendz, Jenny R. The Book of Ben Sira in Rabbinic Literature (p. 347-392) AJS Review, 30, 2006

* The use of references are not endorsements of their contents. Please read the entirety of the provided reference(s) to understand the author's full intentions regarding the use of these texts.