Sirach 2:11

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

9 You who fear the Lord, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. 10 Consider the generations of old and see: has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed? Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord and been forsaken? Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected? 11 For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; he forgives sins and saves in time of distress. 12 Woe to timid hearts and to slack hands, and to the sinner who walks a double path! 13 Woe to the fainthearted who have no trust! Therefore they will have no shelter.

1 Clement 60:3

First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

2 Lay not to our account every sin of Thy servants and Thine handmaids but cleanse us with the cleansing of Thy truth, and guide our step to walk in holiness and righteousness and singleness of hear and to do such things as are good and well pleasing in Thy sigh and in the sight of our rulers. 3 Yea, Lord, make Thy face to shine upon us in peace for our good that we may be sheltered by Thy mighty hand and delivered from every sin by Thine uplifted arm. And deliver us from them that hate us wrongfully. 4 Give concord and peace to us and to all that dwell on the earth, Thou gavest to our fathers, when they called on Thee in faith and truth with holiness, [that we may be saved,] while we render obedience to Thine almighty and most excellent Name, and to our rulers and governors upon the earth.

 Notes and References

"... The Apostolic Fathers (ca. 90-150 CE), those writings closest in chronology to the New Testament writings, have a number of even more striking parallels. quotations, and allusions to noncanonical literature. Notice, for example. that Clement of Rome (ca. 90-95 CE) cited Sirach 2:11 in 1 Clement 60.1, Wisdom of Solomon 12:10 in 1 Clement 7.5, and Wisdom of Solomon 12:12 in 1 Clement 27.5 (perhaps also alluded to in 3.4 and 7.5). In 1 Clement 55.4 6 both Judith (8ff.) and Esther (7 and 4:16) are cited authoritatively or scripturally. The author of 2 Clement (ca. 150 CE) has a number of quotations, allusions, and references from unknown and nonbiblical sources (see 11.2-4,7, and 13.2) as well as a quote from Tobit 16:4. Barnabas (ca. 90-130) employs quotations from Wisdom of Solomon (20.2), 1 Enoch (16.5), 4 Ezra (12.1), and from unknown 'scripture' as in 7.3, 8, and 10.7. The Didache (ca. 70-90 CE) makes use of Wisdom of Solomon in 5.2 and 10.3 as well as an unknown quote in 1.6. Polycarp cites Tobit 4:10 (see also 12:9) in Martyrdom 10.2 ..."

McDonald, Lee Martin Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings (p. 136) Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

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