The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 14:20–15:10


20  Every corruptible work will fail in the end. And its worker will go with it.

20  Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding.

21  But every excellent work will be justified. And whoever worked it will be honored by it.

21  He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets.

22  Blessed is the man who will abide in wisdom, and who will meditate on her righteousness, and who, in his mind, will consider the circumspection of God.

22  Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways.

23  He considers her ways in his heart, and he finds understanding in her secrets. He goes after her like an investigator, and he is constant in her ways.

23  He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors.

24  He gazes through her windows, and he listens at her door.

24  He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls.

25  He rests next to her house, and, fastening a peg in her walls, he sets up his cottage by her hands. And so, good things will find rest in his cottage as time passes.

25  He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are.

26  He will station his sons under her covering, and he will abide under her branches.

26  He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches.

27  He will be protected by her covering from the heat, and he will rest in her glory.

27  By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell.

15:1  Whoever fears God will do good. And whoever holds to justice will obtain it.

He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.

15:2  And like an honorable mother, she will meet him, and like a virgin bride, she will receive him.

And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.

15:3  She will feed him with the bread of life and understanding. And she give him to drink from the water of salvific wisdom. And she will be confirmed in him, and he will not waver.

With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.

15:4  And she will hold to him, and he will not be confounded. And she will exalt him, along with those closest to him.

He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.

15:5  And in the midst of the Church, she will open his mouth, and she will fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and she will clothe him with a robe of glory.

She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.

15:6  She will store up in him a treasure of rejoicing and exultation, and she will cause him to inherit an everlasting name.

He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.

15:7  But foolish men will not take hold of her. And though understanding men will meet her, foolish men will not catch sight of her. For she is far from arrogance and deceit.

But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.

15:8  Lying men will be wary of her. But men who speak the truth will be found with her, and they will have success, even when examined by God.

For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.

15:9  Praise is not beautiful in the mouth of a sinner.

Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.

15:10  For wisdom was sent from God. And praise will stand before the wisdom of God, and praise will abound in the mouths of the faithful, and the sovereign Lord will give praise to wisdom.

10  For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.