Sirach is a collection of ethical teachings. Thus it closely resembles Proverbs, except that it is presented as the work of a single author, not an anthology drawn from various sources. The teachings are applicable to all conditions of life: to parents and children, to husbands and wives, to the young, to masters, to friends, to the rich, and to the poor. Many of them are rules of courtesy and politeness; and a still greater number contain advice and instruction as to the duties of man toward himself and others, especially the poor, as well as toward society and the state, and most of all toward God.
Wisdom, in ben Sirach’s view, is synonymous with the fear of God, and sometimes is identified in his mind with adherence to the Mosaic law. The maxims are expressed in exact formulas, and are illustrated by striking images. They show a profound knowledge of the human heart, the disillusionment of experience, a fraternal sympathy with the poor and the oppressed.
The Apocryphal books are considered to be Scripture in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian traditions while being considered very important books of the church that should be read for deeper understanding for most Protestant traditions.