Sirach 17:26

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

22 One's almsgiving is like a signet ring with the Lord, and he will keep a person's kindness like the apple of his eye. 23 Afterward he will rise up and repay them, and he will bring their recompense on their heads. 24 Yet to those who repent he grants a return, and he encourages those who are losing hope. 25 Turn back to the Lord and forsake your sins; pray in his presence and lessen your offense. 26 Return to the Most High and turn away from iniquity, and hate intensely what he abhors. 27 Who will sing praises to the Most High in Hades in place of the living who give thanks? 28 From the dead, as from one who does not exist, thanksgiving has ceased; those who are alive and well sing the Lord's praises.

2 Timothy 2:19

New Testament

16 But avoid profane chatter because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness, 17 and their message will spread its infection like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are in this group. 18 They have strayed from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people’s faith. 19 However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” 20 Now in a wealthy home there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also ones made of wood and of clay, and some are for honorable use, but others for ignoble use. 21 So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

 Notes and References

"... Since Jesus was acknowledged as Lord of the early Christian (Rom 10:9: Mt 28:19: passim), it is likely that his early followers also accepted and made use of the same sacred texts that he favored in his teaching mission. What books did the early Christians use as sacred texts? It is remarkable that they cite or allude to the same books and with almost the same frequency as we find in Jesus' teachings, especially the Psalms, Isaiah, Deuteronomy, and some noncanonical writings. Did the rest of the New Testament writers and the early church also acknowledge as Scripture some of the books that we now call noncanonical writings? Peter Stuhlmacher lists a number of the parallels and allusions to noncanonical literature in the New Testament writing. See, for example, the following ... 2 Timothy 2:19 appears to cite Sirach 17:26 along with Numbers 16:5 ..."

McDonald, Lee Martin "The Scriptures of Jesus" in Charlesworth, James H. (ed.) Jesus Research: New Methodologies and Perceptions: The Second Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research (p. 844) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007

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