Sirach declared that the root of all this evil was the indifference of the Judans to their sacred Law.
Sirach (5:13) says: “Honor and shame are in talk; and the tongue of man is his fall.”
In Sirach (3:18) we read: “The greater you are, the more you humble yourself.”
The correspondence between the meaning of St. James and the meaning of the son of Sirach is very close.
He gave to every one of them, said the Son of Sirach, commandment concerning his neighbour.
Thus the son of Sirach says: "He that keepeth the law bringeth offerings enough."
I will conclude with some precepts and reflections of the Son of Sirach upon this subject.
Sirach says: “Be not violent with thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss.”
"He that loveth gold shall not be justified," said the son of Sirach.
And, now that I think of it, how well did those learned doctors who rejected for us this whole book of Sirach.