Yesterday, Sirach was in the realm of metaphor, telling us to camp in the garden of Wisdom’s house, to shelter under her spreading branches. Today he’s more practical, and tells us what that actually means: keep the Law, fear the Lord.
It’s good to hear him say it straight out, because so much of this book is pragmatic common sense, and God doesn’t get much of a mention. But here he makes plain that it all depends on our relationship with God.
We all have a choice, whether we go God’s ways or whether we don’t. But we mustn’t blame God for the bad consequences of our choosing - he never wills us to do evil.