Sirach 21:10

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

8 Whoever builds his house with other people's money is like one who gathers stones for his burial mound. 9 An assembly of the wicked is like a bundle of tow, and their end is a blazing fire. 10 The way of sinners is paved with smooth stones, but at its end is the pit of Hades. 11 Whoever keeps the law controls his thoughts, and the fulfillment of the fear of the Lord is wisdom. 12 The one who is not clever cannot be taught, but there is a cleverness that increases bitterness.

Matthew 7:13

New Testament

11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets. 13Enter through the narrow gate because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it! 15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.

 Notes and References

"... There can be no doubt that the JOURNEY metaphor in the religious context of the Bible draws a clear, dichotomous distinction between two ways of life, the good, moral life on the one hand versus the bad, immoral life on the other hand. This dichotomy runs through all the detailed aspects of the metaphorical model. Thus, following the introduction of the two general kinds of journey, we will look at the two sorts of paths and the two kinds of travelers involved. Finally, we will come to God's role in the metaphorical scenario, which also comprises two basically different attitudes and ways of acting. After this analysis of metaphors from the Old Testament, we will take a short look at some interesting reflections of these in examples from the New Testament ... The most important structural metaphor in the model investigated is a specification of the simple LIFE IS A JOURNEY metaphor. The result is a clear moral imperative: LEADING A MORAL LIFE IS MAKING A JOURNEY ON GOD'S WAY ... (The source of each example presented in this paper is provided by giving the biblical book plus the standard verse number ... Deuteronomy 5:33; Deuteronomy 11:28; Proverbs 16:25; Psalm 119:32; Jeremiah 18:15; Proverbs 5:21; Matthew 7:13; Sirach 21:10) ..."

Jäkel, Olaf Hypotheses Revisited: The Cognitive Theory of Metaphor Applied to Religious Texts (pp. 20-42), 2002

"... The eighty-fifth of the Apostolical Canons gives a list of the books of the Hebrew Canon, and adds the first three books of the Maccabees and the Wisdom of Sirach; these last four are not, however, included in the Canon, though the Wisdom of Sirach is specially recommended for the instruction of the young. Again, in the Apostolical Constitutions, 6:14, 15, quotations from Sirach are given with the same formula as those from the books of the Hebrew Canon, but in the list given in 2:57 of the same work, there is no mention of any of the books of the Apocrypha ... The evidence of Clement of Alexandria is conflicting; in his Paedagogus he quotes very often from Sirach, and speaks of it as 'scripture', from which it would evidently appear that he regarded it as canonical Scripture; but, according to Eusebius, Clement reckoned Sirach among the 'Antilegomena', for in speaking of Clement's works he mentions the Stromateis, or 'Medleys', and says: 'He quotes in them passages from the disputed Scriptures, the so-called Wisdom of Solomon, for example, and of Jesus the son of Sirach, and the Epistle to the Hebrews, and those of Barnabas, Clement, and Jude ..."

Charles, R. H. The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (p. 299) Oxford University Press, 1913

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