Comparison of Ziegler, Rahlfs, RSV, and NRSV versification in Sirach

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

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