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Sirach 38 : 1 - 39

Chapter 38

1Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him.
2For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king.
3The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised.
4The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
5Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?
6The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge of men, and the meet High hath given knowledge to men, that he may be honoured in his wonders.
7By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains, and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections, and shall make up ointments of health, and of his works there shall be no end.
8For the peace of God is over all the face of the earth.
9My son, in thy sickness neglect not thyself, but pray to the Lord, and he shall heal thee.
10Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.
11Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.
12For the Lord created him: and let him not depart from thee, for his works are necessary.
13For there is a time when thou must fall into their hands:
14And they shall beseech the Lord, that he would prosper what they give for ease and remedy, for their conversation.
15He that sinneth in the sight of his Maker, shall fall into the hands of the physician.
16My son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to lament as if thou hadst suffered some great harm, and according to judgment cover his body, and neglect not his burial.
17And for fear of being ill spoken of weep bitterly for a, day, and then comfort thyself in thy sadness.
18And make mourning for him according to his merit for a day, or two, for fear of detraction.
19For of sadness cometh death, and it overwhelmeth the strength, and the sorrow of the heart boweth down the neck.
20In withdrawing aside sorrow remaineth: and the substance of the poor is according to his heart.
21Give not up thy heart to sadness, but drive it from thee: and remember the latter end.
22Forget it not: for there is no returning, and thou shalt do him no good, and shalt hurt thyself.
23Remember my judgment: for also shall be so: yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
24When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest, and comfort him in the departing of his spirit.
25The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive wisdom.
26With what wisdom shall he be furnished that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth the oxen therewith, and is occupied in their labours, and his whole talk is about the offspring of bulls?
27He shall give his mind to turn up furrows, and his care is to give the kine fodder.
28So every craftsman and workmaster that laboureth night and day, he who maketh graven seals, and by his continual diligence varieth the figure: he shall give his mind to the resemblance of the picture, and by his watching shall finish the work.
29So doth the smith sitting by the anvil and considering the iron work. The vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace.
30The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pat tern of the vessel he maketh.
31He setteth his mind to finish his work, and his watching to polish them, to perfection.
32So doth the potter sitting at his work, turning the wheel about with his feet, who is always carefully set to his work, and maketh all his work by number:
33He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet:
34He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.
35All these trust to their hands, and every one is wise in his own art.
36Without these a city is not built.
37And they shall not dwell, nor walk about therein, and they shall not go up into the assembly.
38Upon the judges' seat they shall not sit, and the ordinance of judgment they shall not understand, neither shall they declare discipline and judgment, and they shall not be found where parables are spoken:
39But they shall strengthen the state of the world, and their prayer shall be in the work of their craft, applying their soul, and searching in the law of the most High.

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