Sirach 37:2

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

1 Every friend says, "I too am a friend"; but some friends are friends only in name. 2 Is it not a sorrow like that for death itself when a dear friend turns into an enemy? 3 O inclination to evil, why were you formed to cover the land with deceit? 4 Some companions rejoice in the happiness of a friend, but in time of trouble they are against him. Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Matthew 26:38

New Testament

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? Source

Date: 70-90 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Jefford, Clayton N. The Wisdom of Sirach and the Glue of the Matthew–Didache Tradition (pp. 8-23) Brill, 2016

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Jefford, Clayton N. The Wisdom of Sirach and the Glue of the Matthew–Didache Tradition (pp. 8-23) Brill, 2016

* The use of references are not endorsements of their contents. Please read the entirety of the provided reference(s) to understand the author's full intentions regarding the use of these texts.