Sirach 11:19Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
14 Good things and bad, life and death, poverty and wealth, come from the Lord. 17 The Lord's gift remains with the devout, and his favor brings lasting success. 18 One becomes rich through diligence and self-denial, and the reward allotted to him is this: 19 when he says, "I have found rest, and now I shall feast on my goods!" he does not know how long it will be until he leaves them to others and dies. 20 Stand by your agreement and attend to it, and grow old in your work.
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, 17 so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”
Notes and References
"... Commentators on Luke 12:13-34 have not done justice to v. 15, Jesus' warning against covetousness. Two shortcomings, in particular, have been an overly narrow focus in identifying the tradition of moral instruction behind this verse and the relationship of the verse to the larger section, vv. 13-34. Most often, attention has been drawn to Jewish instruction on greed, such as Sirach 11:18-19 LXX and Testament of Judah 18-19, to illuminate our text ..."
Malherbe, Abraham J. The Christianization of a Topos (Luke 12:13-34) (pp. 123-135) Novum Testamentum, Vol. 38, Iss. 2, 1996
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