The esteem that shines


In The Book of Sirach, Chapter 32 Verse 10 states:

 Like the lightning that flashes before a storm      
 is the esteem that shines on modesty.      

Please explain.


Based on a different (slightly) translation it might mean: like lightning precedes a storm (the thunder sound, I’m guessing), so does esteem go before a modest person?

Reference to one’s reputation precedes him?


Rendering my LXX fairly literally, “Lightning flashes ahead of thunder, and favour advances before modesty”. So, yes, I think that it is talking about reputation (and the effect thereof) preceding the person.


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