Sirach 20:27-31Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
27 The wise person advances himself by his words, and one who is sensible pleases the great. 28 Those who cultivate the soil heap up their harvest, and those who please the great atone for injustice. 29 Favors and gifts blind the eyes of the wise; like a muzzle on the mouth they stop reproofs. 30 Hidden wisdom and unseen treasure, of what value is either? 31 Better are those who hide their folly than those who hide their wisdom.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 46 When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. 49 It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They replied, “Yes.” 52 Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.”
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