Translation commentary on Sirach 51:17

I made progress therein; to him who gives me wisdom I will give glory: The problem here is whether him who gives me wisdom (Hebrew reads “my teacher”) refers to God or a human teacher. Good News Translation assumes the latter meaning and offers an appealing translation, but we believe its interpretation is wrong. We must assume the teacher is the Lord; see 1.10. This verse can be translated:

• I became wiser as I grew older, and I praise the Lord, who has given me [my] wisdom.

Quoted with permission from Bullard, Roger A. and Hatton, Howard A. A Handbook on Sirach. (UBS Helps for Translators). New York: UBS, 2008. For this and other handbooks for translators see here.

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