Sirach 34:10

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

9 An educated person knows many things, and one with much experience knows what he is talking about. 10 An inexperienced person knows few things, 11 but he that has traveled acquires much cleverness. 12 I have seen many things in my travels, and I understand more than I can express.

4 Ezra 3:33

2 Esdras

31 You have given no hint whatever to anyone how to understand your ways. Is Babylon more virtuous than Zion? 32 Has any nation except Israel ever known you? What tribes have put their trust in your covenants as the tribes of Jacob have? 33 But they have seen no reward, no fruit for their pains. I have travelled up and down among the nations, and have seen how they prosper, heedless though they are of your commandments. 34 So weigh our sins in the balance against the sins of the rest of the world; and it will be clear which way the scale tips.

 Notes and References

"... 4 Ezra is of particular significance for the details of ongoing debate about the roots of apocalyptic, since it has many features in common with wisdom writings, especially Sirach and the Qumran text 4QInstruction. Typically, wisdom literary forms employed in 4 Ezra include riddles (4:5-8) and parables (5:13-18), and shared themes also occur as an interest in Creation and natural phenomena (4:7; 6:1-4, 38-54), and the idea that the wise person is widely travelled (3:29, 33; compare Sirach 34:10-11). There are obvious parallels with the book of Job, too, in the lengthy dialogues and challenges to the reality of God's justice ..."

Docherty, Susan E. The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period (p. 140) Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2014

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