Sirach 4:10

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

5 Do not avert your eye from the needy, and give no one reason to curse you; 6 for if in bitterness of soul some should curse you, their Creator will hear their prayer. 7 Endear yourself to the congregation; bow your head low to the great. 8 Give a hearing to the poor, and return their greeting politely. 9 Rescue the oppressed from the oppressor; and do not be hesitant in giving a verdict. 10 Be a father to orphans, and be like a husband to their mother; you will then be like a son of the Most High, and he will love you more than does your mother. Source

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

James 1:27

New Testament

23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out—he will be blessed in what he does. 26 If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their adversity and to keep oneself unstained by the world. Source

Date: 80-90 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Davids, Peter H. The Epistle of James: A Commentary on the Greek Text (pp. 102-103) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1982

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Davids, Peter H. The Epistle of James: A Commentary on the Greek Text (pp. 102-103) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1982

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