Wisdom of Sirach 1

1All wisdom comes from the Lord, and is with him for ever.
2Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity?
3Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom?
4Wisdom has been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
5The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments.
6To whom has the root of wisdom been revealed? or who has known her wise counsels?
7To whom has the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and who has understood her great experience?
8There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon his throne.
9He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works.
10She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he has given her to them that love him.
11The fear of the Lord is honor, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing.
12The fear of the Lord makes a merry heart, and gives joy, and gladness, and a long life.
13Whoso fears the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favor in the day of his death.
14To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and it was created with the faithful in the womb.
15She has built an everlasting foundation with men, and she shall continue with their seed.
16To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and fills men with her fruits.
17She fills all their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase.
18The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish; both which are the gifts of God: and it enlarges their rejoicing that love him.
19Wisdom rains down skill and knowledge of understanding standing, and exalts them to honor that hold her fast.
20The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.
21The fear of the Lord drives away sins: and where it is present, it turns away wrath.
22A furious man can't be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction.
23A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up to him.
24He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
25The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
26If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her to you.
27For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight.
28Distrust not the fear of the Lord when you are poor: and come not to him with a double heart.
29Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what you speak.
30Exalt not yourself, lest you fall, and bring dishonor upon your soul, and so God discover your secrets, and cast you down in the midst of the congregation, because you came not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but your heart is full of deceit.

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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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