|Wisdom will praise herself, |
and will glory in the midst of her people.
|In praise of Wisdom. Sir.24.1-22|
|In the assembly of the Most High she will open her mouth, |
and in the presence of his host she will glory:
|"I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, |
and covered the earth like a mist.
|I dwelt in high places, |
and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
|Alone I have made the circuit of the vault of heaven |
and have walked in the depths of the abyss.
|In the waves of the sea, in the whole earth, |
and in every people and nation I have gotten a possession.
|Among all these I sought a resting place; |
I sought in whose territory I might lodge.
|"Then the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, |
and the one who created me assigned a place for my tent.
And he said, `Make your dwelling in Jacob,
and in Israel receive your inheritance.'
|From eternity, in the beginning, he created me, |
and for eternity I shall not cease to exist.
|In the holy tabernacle I ministered before him, |
and so I was established in Zion.
|In the beloved city likewise he gave me a resting place, |
and in Jerusalem was my dominion.
|So I took root in an honored people, |
in the portion of the Lord, who is their inheritance.
|"I grew tall like a cedar in Lebanon, |
and like a cypress on the heights of Hermon.
|I grew tall like a palm tree in En-ge'di, |
and like rose plants in Jericho;
like a beautiful olive tree in the field,
and like a plane tree I grew tall.
|Like cassia and camel's thorn I gave forth the aroma of spices, |
and like choice myrrh I spread a pleasant odor,
like galbanum, onycha, and stacte,
and like the fragrance of frankincense in the tabernacle.
|Like a terebinth I spread out my branches, |
and my branches are glorious and graceful.
|Like a vine I caused loveliness to bud, |
and my blossoms became glorious and abundant fruit.
|"Come to me, you who desire me, |
and eat your fill of my produce.
|For the remembrance of me is sweeter than honey, |
and my inheritance sweeter than the honeycomb.
|Those who eat me will hunger for more, |
and those who drink me will thirst for more.
|Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame, |
and those who work with my help will not sin."
|All this is the book of the covenant of the Most High God, |
the law which Moses commanded us
as an inheritance for the congregations of Jacob.
|Wisdom & the Law. Sir.24.23-34|
|It fills men with wisdom, like the Pishon, |
and like the Tigris at the time of the first fruits.
|It makes them full of understanding, like the Euphrates, |
and like the Jordan at harvest time.
|It makes instruction shine forth like light, |
like the Gihon at the time of vintage.
|Just as the first man did not know her perfectly, |
the last one has not fathomed her;
|for her thought is more abundant than the sea, |
and her counsel deeper than the great abyss.
|I went forth like a canal from a river |
and like a water channel into a garden.
|I said, "I will water my orchard |
and drench my garden plot";
and lo, my canal became a river,
and my river became a sea.
|I will again make instruction shine forth |
like the dawn, and I will make it shine afar;
|I will again pour out teaching like prophecy, |
and leave it to all future generations.
|Observe that I have not labored for myself alone, |
but for all who seek instruction.
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