By turns Sirach is a outstanding read full of great wisdom and hopelessly backwards. Consider 40:20:
Wine and music gladden the heart, but the love of friends is better than either.
A whole section is full of these great sayings. But then we turn to the list of things about which to not be ashamed (42:5c):
[Do not be ashamed] of drawing blood from the back of a wicked slave.
Pilate must have just read this verse prior to having Jesus flogged. And then there is this bit of loveliness concerning the sexes (42:14):
Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; it is woman who brings shame and disgrace.
It is amazing how strongly I can share and repudiate the values of this ancient wisdom.