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Joseph Esquivel

Some Wisdome from Sirach

  • Some Wisdom from Sirach

    1. Doe no evill, so shall no harme come vnto thee.
    2. Depart from the vniust, and iniquitie shall turne away from thee.
    3. My sonne, sow not vpon the furrowes of vnrighteousnesse, and thou shalt not reape them seuen solde.
    4. Seek not of the Lord preheminence, neither of the King the seate of honour.
    5. *Iustifie not thy self before the Lord, and boast not of thy wisedome before the King. Psal. 142:2; Eccles. 7:17 ; Job. 9:20; Luke 18:11

    Psal. 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewes before him my trouble.

    Eccles. 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neighbor be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

    Luke 18:11 The Phar’i-see stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

    These passages hold true today as well as they did at the time of there being written, Jesus was and still is our example so should we inspire to be as him. His desire to not cause evil or direct any evil action to those who would do evil to us. Was a constant virtue he showed us to the end. Let us pray for our enemies in a desire to bring understanding of the fact that we have no hatred. Often in churches prayers are made for our men in conflict over seas in war zone. But I have yet to see any prayers for the enemies of our country who have lost many in battle. I know Jesus would expect our churches to offer prayer for our enemies. 

    Sincerely,

    Rev. Joseph Esquivel