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The Book of Sirah Chapter I
Oct 16th, 2011 - 01:06:16
In Praise of Wisdom
All wisdom is from the Lord, and with it are remains forever
The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity—who can count them?
The height of heaven, the breath of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom that can search them out
Wisdom was created before all other things and prudent understanding from eternity
The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
Her subtleties—who knows them?
There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared seated upon the throne—the Lord
It is he who created her; he saw her and took her measure; he poured her out upon all his works, upon all the living according to his gift;
He lavished her upon those who love him
The fear of the Lord is glory and exultation, and gladness and a crown of rejoicing.
The fear of the Lord delights the heart, and gives gladness Ashe will and joy and long life.
Those who fear the Lord will have a happy end; on the day of their death they with will be blessed
To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
She is created with the faithful in the womb.
She made among human beings an eternal foundation, and among their dependence she. Ill abide faithfully
To fear the lord is fullness of wisdom
She inebriates mortals with her fruits; she fills their whole house desirable goods and their storehouses with her produce. The fear of the lord is the crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish. She rained down knowledge and discerning comprehension, those who held her fast. To fear the lord is the root of wisdom and her branches are long life,
Unjust anger cannot be justified, for anger tips the scales to one ruin. Those who are patient stay calm until the right moment, and then cheerfulness comes back to them. They hold back their words until the right moment: then the lips of many tell of their good sense.
In the treasuries of wisdom are wise sayings, but godliness is an abomination to the sinner. If you desire wisdom keep the commandments, and the lord will lavish her upon you. For the fear of the lord is wisdom and discipline, fidelity and humility are his delight
Do not disobey the fear of the lord; do not approach him with a divided mind. Do not be a hypocrite before others and keep watch over your lips. Do not exult yourself or you may fall and bring dishonor among yourself.
The Lord will reveal your secrets and overthrow you before the whole congregation because you did not come in the fear of the lord and your heart was full of deceit