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Do not be ashamed, Sirach

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.