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Title: Wisdom, Perseverance and Humility
Subtitle: Christian Reflections on Sirach 1-3
Author(s): CORLEY, Jeremy
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 33 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2008
Ben Sira inculcates three virtues that are still relevant for Christians today: openness to wisdom (Sir 1:1-10), acceptance of testing (2:1-18), and humility of heart (3:17-24). Whereas human beings may search for wisdom, it is God who reveals it, though we can grasp only a small part of it. Those who seek God will face the hardship of testing, but all who persevere will be rewarded. Just as students need a receptive attitude to benefit from lessons, so those wanting to learn divine wisdom will need humility.