Sirach - missing verses

Posted By: SouthernTransplant

Sirach - missing verses - 05/21/19 12:31 PM

A class I'm taking quoted Sirach 24:24-25 as: "I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue."

I wanted to mark these verses in my NAB St Joseph Edition, but they're not there. I did a search and found that, in the Douay-Rheims Bible, Sirach chapter 24 has 47 verses, and my NAB has only 31. Did someone do a really bad editing error of this chapter of Sirach for the NAB? Are there other errors anyone has noticed? Are the verses missing from other Catholic or Orthodox bibles?
Posted By: ajk

Re: Sirach - missing verses - 05/22/19 01:07 PM

Not errors but it looks like translations are following different editions of the LXX. The NAB, RSV, NRSV and others appear to follow along the lines of Rahlfs' LXX, for instance; Brenton's LXX, the DR and, the Vulgates old to new, are other redactions.

Your verse follows (an LXX through) the Vulgate: Sirach 24:24 Ego mater pulchrae dilectionis et timoris et agnitionis et sanctae spei. 25 In me gratia omnis viae et veritatis, in me omnis spes vitae et virtutis.

Brenton (translation) has: Sirach 24:18 I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.

Rahlfs edition does not have an equivalent verse here.
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