Sirach 7:32

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

30 With all your might love your Maker, and do not neglect his ministers. 31 Fear the Lord and honor the priest, and give him his portion, as you have been commanded: the first fruits, the guilt offering, the gift of the shoulders, the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits of the holy things. 32 Stretch out your hand to the poor, so that your blessing may be complete. 33 Give graciously to all the living; do not withhold kindness even from the dead. 34 Do not avoid those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn. 35 Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such deeds you will be loved. 36 In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin.

Matthew 25:35

New Testament

32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you?

 Notes and References

"... One turns first to the Gospel of Matthew. There is no question that Matthew offers the broadest use of materials from Sirach among NT authors. Depending on how one defines elements such as “quotation,” “allusion,” and “echo,” Matthew incorporates Sirach at least nine times in a primary sense and perhaps twenty-five times in a secondary sense.15 To say “primary sense” implies that the author has a passage directly in mind during the course of writing; to say “secondary sense” implies that the passage is subordinate to another preferred text or perhaps is simply in the back of the author’s consciousness as a component within a broader system of ideas and themes ..."

Jefford, Clayton N. "The Wisdom of Sirach and the Glue of the Matthew–Didache Tradition" in Bingham, D. Jeffrey, editor. Intertextuality in the Second Century (pp. 8-23) Brill, 2016

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