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Sirach Versification Comparison:  NRSV, RSV, Rahlfs

As noted by apparently everyone who has ever attempted to work with the text tradition of 
Sirach, its complexity is frustrating if not daunting. The complications of text and versions are, 
however, in no way allayed by the near-equally variegated versification systems employed in 
modern editions and translations. In any given citation of Sirach, one must intuit the intended 
reference based on the date of the work citing, and the language or religious affiliation of the 
author making the citation, and often the point of the citation.

Below, I have compiled a comparison chart of the differences between the (probably) four most 
common systems of versification: Rahlfs', the Revised Standard Version, Ziegler's, and the 
New Revised Standard Version. The references are keyed to the order of the NRSV, with a 
separate section for the NRSV to Ziegler comparison, as there are fewer differences between 
these two. Note that only the differences in versification are given. When the edition/translation 
has the same versification as the NRSV, there is no listing.

RAHLFS=
Rahlfs, Alfred. Septuaginta : id est, Vetus Testamentum graece
iuxta LXX interpretes. Editio minor.
Stuttgart : Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1979.

ZIEGLER=
Ziegler, Joseph, ed. Sapientia Iesu Filii Sirach.
Septuaginta : Vetus Testamentum Graecum vol. 2:12.
Gottingen : Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 1965.

RSV=
Herbert G. May, Bruce M. Metzger, eds. The new Oxford annotated Bible
with the Apocrypha: Revised standard version, containing the second edition
of the New Testament and an expanded edition of the Apocrypha.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1977.

NRSV=
Bruce M. Metzger, Roland E. Murphy, eds. The new Oxford annotated Bible
with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.


NRSV

ZIEGLER

30.25

33.13b

ch 31

ch 34

ch 32

ch 35

33.1-15

36.1-15

33.16a

36.16a

33.16b-17

30.25

33.18-31

30.26-39

33.32-33

30.40

ch 34

ch 31

ch 35

ch 32

36.1-12

33.1-12

36.13

33.13a

[36.14-15 unused]

[36.14-15 unused]

36.16

36.16b

36.17-31

36.17-31



NRSV

RSV

RAHLFS

6.1

 

5.15b-d [6.1 unused]

20.16ab

 

20.16

20.16c-17

 

20.17

22.7-8

22.9-10

 

22.9-10

22.7-8

 

23.16ab

 

23.16

23.16c-17

 

23.17

29.16-17

 

29.16

29.18ab

 

29.17

29.18cd

 

29.18

33.16-17

33.16

 

33.18-27

33.17-26

 

33.28-29

33.27

33.28

33.30ab

33.28

33.29

33.30cd

33.29

33.30

33.31ab

33.30

33.31

33.31c-33

33.31

 

33.31cd

 

33.32

33.32-33

 

33.33

34.10-11

34.10

34.10

34.12-13

34.11-12

34.11-12

34.14-15

34.13

34.13

34.16

34.14

34.14

34.17-18

34.15

34.15

34.19

34.16

34.16

34.20

34.17

34.17

34.21-22

34.18

34.18

34.23-25

34.19-21

34.19-21

34.26-27

34.22

34.22

34.28-31

34.23-26

34.23-26

35.1-2

35.1

35.1

35.3-4

35.2

35.2

35.5

35.3

35.3

35.6-7

35.4-5

35.4

35.8-13

35.6-11

35.5-10

35.14-15

35.12

 

35.14-15a

 

35.11

35.15bc

 

35.12

35.16-17

35.13-14

35.13-14

35.18-19

35.15

35.15

35.20

35.16

35.16

35.21-22a

35.17

 

35.21a

 

35.17

35.21b-22a

 

35.18

35.22b-23

35.18

 

35.22b

 

35.19

35.22c-33a

 

35.20

35.23b

 

35.21

35.24-25

35.19

35.22-23

35.26

35.20

35.24

36.1-2

 

36.1

36.3-5

 

36.2-4

36.6-7

36.6

36.5

36.8-9

36.7

36.6

36.10-12

36.8-10

36.7-9

36.13-16

36.11

36.10

36.17-22

36.12-17

 

36.17-21

 

36.11-15

36.22a

 

36.16

36.22b

 

36.17

36.23-30

36.18-25

36.18-25

36.31a

 

36.26

36.31b

 

36.27

37.17-18a

 

37.17

37.18bc

 

37.18

38.7-8a

 

38.7

38.8b

 

38.8

38.32ab

 

38.32

38.32c-33c

 

38.33

38.33d-34b

 

38.34

38.34c-39.1

39.1

39.1

39.16-17b

 

39.16

39.17cd

 

39.17

40.4-5b

 

40.4

40.5cd

 

40.5

41.3-4a

41.3

 

41.4bcd

41.4

 

41.18c-19a

 

41.19

41.19bc

 

41.20

41.19d-20a

 

41.21

41.20b-21a

 

41.22

41.21bc

 

41.23

41.22ab

 

41.24

41.22cd

 

41.25

42.1ab

 

41.26

42.1cd

 

41.27

42.1a-d

41.23

 

42.1ef

42.1

42.1

43.17c-18

 

43.18

44.22c-23e

44.23

44.23

44.23f-45.1

45.1

45.1

45.10-11a

 

45.10

45.11b-e

 

45.11

46.6e-7

 

46.7

47.23e-24

 

47.24

48.15a-d

 

48.15

48.15e-16

 

48.16

51.2-3a

 

51.2

51.3b-e

 

51.3

51.10-11b

 

51.10

51.11c-12b

 

51.11

51.12cd

 

51.12