Ben Sira

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Noun1.Ben Sira - an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
Apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature - any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
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in both Jewish and early Christian circles is the Wisdom of Ben Sirach.
In the apocryphal second-century-BC Book of Ecclesiaticus--often called the Wisdom of Ben Sirach to distinguish it from the better-known Ecclesiastes--she says she is like the finest vines, the sweetest blossoms, the most beautiful roses, the tallest and most graceful trees: