|The man who fears the Lord will do this, |
and he who holds to the law will obtain wisdom.
|She will come to meet him like a mother, |
and like the wife of his youth she will welcome him.
|She will feed him with the bread of understanding, |
and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
|He will lean on her and will not fall, |
and he will rely on her and will not be put to shame.
|She will exalt him above his neighbors, |
and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
|He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, |
and will acquire an everlasting name.
|Foolish men will not obtain her, |
and sinful men will not see her.
|She is far from men of pride, |
and liars will never think of her.
|A hymn of praise is not fitting on the lips of a sinner, |
for it has not been sent from the Lord.
|For a hymn of praise should be uttered in wisdom, |
and the Lord will prosper it.
|Do not say, "Because of the Lord I left the right way"; |
for he will not do what he hates.
|Free will. Sir.15.11-20|
|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.
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