The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 1:25–30

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25  The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and its branches are long-lived.

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26  In the treasures of wisdom is understanding and the sanctity of knowledge. But to sinners, wisdom is an abomination.

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27  The fear of the Lord expels sin.

Sir1:21  The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath.

28  For he who is without fear is not able to be justified. For the disposition of his spirit is his undoing.

Sir1:22  A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction.

29  Those who are patient will suffer for a brief time, and afterwards, happiness will return.

Sir1:23  A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him.

30  A noble mind will hide his words for a brief time, and then the lips of many will declare his understanding.

Sir1:24  He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.