Do not say, “Because of the Lord I left the right way”;
for he will not do what he hates.
Do not say, “It was he who led me astray”;
for he had no need of a sinful man.
The Lord hates all abominations,
and they are not loved by those who fear him.
It was he who created man in the beginning,
and he left him in the power of his own inclination.
If you will, you can keep the commandments,
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
He has placed before you fire and water:
stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.
Before a man are life and death,
and whichever he chooses will be given to him.
For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power and sees everything;
his eyes are on those who fear him,
and he knows every deed of man.
He has not commanded any one to be ungodly,
and he has not given any one permission to sin.
(Sirach 15:11-20, RSV Catholic Edition)
My guess is that the arrogant Protestant Reformers sought to dispose of this book due to the fact that it crystal clearly settles the free will debate in theology once and for all by affirming it is one’s choice to act faithfully. And of course, it proves quite solidly that the LORD had “no need of a sinful man”. Calvinism teaches us that “God uses sinful men to show his overall glory”. Which is false according to Sirach 15:11-20.