The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 38:9–12


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.