Sirach 51:23Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
23 Draw near to me, you who are uneducated, and lodge in the house of instruction. 24 Why do you say you are lacking in these things, and why do you endure such great thirst? 25 I opened my mouth and said, Acquire wisdom for yourselves without money. 26 Put your neck under her yoke, and let your souls receive instruction; it is to be found close by. 27 See with your own eyes that I have labored but little and found for myself much serenity. 28 Hear but a little of my instruction, and through me you will acquire silver and gold. 29 May your soul rejoice in God's mercy, and may you never be ashamed to praise him.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”
Notes and References
"... This identification of Jesus with wisdom is implicitly shown in Mt 11:19; 23:34 as well. Jesus’ prayer reminds us of the portrayal of Wisdom in the OT and later Jewish literature as God’s firstborn and only associate in creation (Prov. 8:22–31) and as the one who alone mediates God’s truth and instruction for living (Prov. 8:1–21, 32–36 and passim). In Mt 11:28–30, the parallel between wisdom and yoke is suggested, which is shown in Sirach. It should be noted that the juxtaposition of wording is similar to Sir. 51:23–27: the invitation in the first person to come “to me” (πρός με), the reference to needy “persons” (ψυχαί), the call to take the “yoke” (ζυγόν) of instruction, the reference to a light “labour” (κοπιᾶν), as well as the promise of rest that is to be “found” (εὑρίσκειν). Sirach knows the invitation of wisdom for those who desire and those who are uknowledgeable (Sir. 24:19; 51:23) and presents that those who will find rest to come to her (Sir. 6:28; 22:13; 51:27). Moreover, the other evidence from Sirach could be used to prove that Jesus identifies himself as a sage and as the embodiment of Wisdom (cf. Sir. 24:9; 6:19–31) ..."
Kim, Juheon Christology of Q and Wisdom: The Case Study on the Johannine Thunderbolt Pericope (p. 53) Chongshin University, 2015
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