Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach
 All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever.
 Who can number the sand of the sea,
and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity?
 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth
of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom?
 Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding
of prudence from everlasting.
 The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are
 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known
her wise counsels?
 [Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and who hath
understood her great experience?]
 There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon
 He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works.
She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him.
 The fear of
the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing.
 The fear of the Lord maketh
a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life.
 Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well
with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his death.
 To fear the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom: and it was created with the faithful in the womb.
 She hath built an everlasting foundation
with men, and she shall continue with their seed.
 To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and filleth
men with her fruits.
 She filleth all their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase.
The 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 enlargeth their rejoicing that love him.
 Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge
of understanding standing, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast.
 The root of wisdom is
to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.
 The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and
where it is present, it turneth away wrath.
 A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury
shall be his destruction.
 A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto
 He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
 The parables
of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
 If thou
desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee.
 For the fear of the
Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight.
 Distrust not the fear of the
Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart.
 Be not an hypocrite in the sight
of men, and take good heed what thou speakest.
 Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour
upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation,
because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit.
 My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.
 Set thy heart aright, and
constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.
 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that
thou mayest be increased at thy last end.
 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be
patient when thou art changed to a low estate.
 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the
furnace of adversity.
 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.
Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.
 Ye that fear the Lord, believe
him; and your reward shall not fail.
 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and
 Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded?
or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?
For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth
in time of affliction.
 Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!
Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.
 Woe unto
you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?
 They that fear the
Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways.
 They that fear the Lord will
seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.
that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,
 Saying, We will fall
into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.