The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 38:1–15


Honor the physician because of necessity, and because the Most High created him.

Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.

For all healing is from God, and so he will receive gifts from the King.

For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.

The expertise of the physician will lift up his head, and in the sight of great men, he will be praised.

The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.

The Most High has created medicines from the earth, and a prudent man will not abhor them.

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.

Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?

Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?

The benefits of these things is recognized by men, and the Most High has given this knowledge to men, so that he may be honored in his wonders.

And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.

By these things, he will cure or mitigate their suffering, and the pharmacist will make soothing ointments, and he will form healing medicines, and there will be no end to his works.

With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains.

For the peace of God is upon the surface of the earth.

Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,

Son, in your infirmity, you should not neglect yourself, but pray to the Lord, and he will cure you.

My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.

10  Turn away from sin, and direct your hands, and cleanse your heart from every offense.

10  Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.

11  Give a sweet offering, and a memorial of fine flour, and fatten your oblation, but also give a place to the physician.

11  Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.

12  For the Lord created him. And so, do not let him depart from you, for his works are necessary.

12  Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.

13  For there is a time when you may fall into their hands.

13  There is a time when in their hands there is good success.

14  Truly, they will beseech the Lord, so that he may direct their treatments and cures, for the sake of their way of life.

14  For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.

15  He who sins in the sight of the One who made him will fall into the hands of the physician.

15  He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.