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Sirach 34Common English Bible (CEB)

On dreams

34 Senseless people
have empty and false hopes,
    and dreams excite fools.
Those who pay attention to dreams
    are just like people who grasp
    at a shadow or pursue the wind.
What one sees in a dream is a reflection,
    a face looking at its own likeness.
What will be made clean
from something unclean?
    And what will be true
    of something false?
Divinations, omens,
and dreams are empty.
    The mind has fantasies,
    just like a woman in labor does.
Unless the Most High sends a dream
by means of a visitation,
    don’t pay any attention to it.
Dreams have misled many,
    and those who have placed hope in them have fallen.
The Law will be fulfilled without lies;
    wisdom in a faithful person’s mouth
    is fulfillment.

Experience and fear of the Lord

People who have traveled know a lot,
    and those who are experienced
    will speak sense.
10 People with no experience know little,
11     but those who have traveled
    have become more clever.
12 I have seen a lot in my wandering,
    and I understand more than I can tell.
13 I’ve often been in danger,
close to death,
    and I was saved
    because of these experiences.

14 The spirit of those who fear the Lord
will live,
15     because their hope is in the one
    who saves them.
16 Those who fear the Lord
won’t be timid about anything;
    they will never turn coward,
    because the Lord is their hope.
17 The souls of those who fear the Lord
are favored.
18 To whom do they look?
And who is their support?
19 The Lord’s eyes
are upon those who love him.
    The Lord is a powerful shield,
    a strong support,
    a shelter from the heat,
    a shade from the midday sun,
    a guard against stumbling,
    and a help against falling;
20     one who lifts up the spirit,
    one who gives light to the eyes,
    and one who gives healing
    for life and blessing.

On sacrifice and worship

21 When someone sacrifices something unjustly gotten,
    the offering is flawed;
22     the gifts of those who don’t follow
    the Law are not acceptable.
23 The Most High is not pleased
with the offerings of the ungodly,
    nor will he forgive sins
    for a multitude of sacrifices.
24 Someone who brings a sacrifice that comes from the property of the needy
    is like someone who slaughters a son
    in the presence of his father.
25 The needy person’s bread
means life for that poor person;
    whoever withholds it is a murderer.
26 Whoever takes away a neighbor’s living
commits murder,
27     and whoever deprives a worker
    of wages sheds blood.

28 One person builds,
and another tears down;
    what have they gained
    other than hard work?
29 One person prays,
and another person curses;
    to whose voice will the master listen?
30 When people bathe after touching
a corpse and touch it again,
    what have they gained by washing?
31 So when people fast because of their sins,
    and then go and do the same
    things again,
    who will listen to their prayer,
    and what did they gain
    by humbling themselves?

Common English Bible (CEB)

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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