The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 24:1–22

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Wisdom will praise her own mind, and she will be honored by God, and she will be glorified in the midst of her people.

Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.

And she will open her mouth in the churches of the Most High, and she will be glorified in the sight of his virtue.

In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power.

And in the midst of her own people, she will be exalted. And she will be admired by the holy assembly.

I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.

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And she will have praise within the multitude of the elect. And she will be blessed among the blessed. And she will say

“I went forth from the mouth of the Most High, as the first-born before all creatures.

I caused an unfailing light to arise in the heavens. And I covered all the earth like a cloud.

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I lived in the highest places, and my throne is in the pillar of a cloud.

Sir24:4  I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.

I alone have encompassed the circuit of heaven, and have penetrated to the depths of the abyss, and have walked upon the waves of the sea,

Sir24:5  I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.

and have stood upon the whole earth. And among every people,

Sir24:6  In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.

10  and in every nation, I have held primacy.

Sir24:7  With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?

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11  And by virtue, I have tread upon the hearts of all, the great and the lowly. And I have sought my rest in all of them. And I will continue, as the inheritance of the Lord.

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12  Then the Creator of all things instructed and spoke with me. And the One who created me rested in my tabernacle.

Sir24:8  So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance in Israel.

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13  And he said to me: ‘Let your dwelling place be with Jacob, and let your inheritance be in Israel, for you shall take root among my elect.’

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14  From the beginning, and before the world, I was created. And even unto the future world, I will not cease to exist. For I have ministered before him in the holy habitation.

He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.

10  In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.

15  And in this way, I was established in Zion. And likewise, in the holy city, I found rest. And my authority was in Jerusalem.

Sir24:11  Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.

16  And I took root among an honorable people, within the portion of my God, within his inheritance. And so my abode is in the full assembly of the saints.

Sir24:12  And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord’s inheritance.

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17  I was exalted like a cedar in Lebanon and like a cypress on Mount Zion.

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18  I was exalted like a palm tree in Kadesh and like a rose bush in Jericho.

Sir24:14  I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water.

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19  I was exalted like a beautiful olive tree in the plains, and like a sycamore tree beside the waters along a wide road.

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20  I gave off an aromatic fragrance like cinnamon or balsam. I produced a sweet odor like the best myrrh.

Sir24:15  I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.

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21  And I perfumed my dwelling place with sweet gum, and aromatic resin, and flower petals, and aloe, as well as the finest cedar from Lebanon. And my fragrance is like undiluted balsam.

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22  I have extended my branches like a terebinth tree, and my branches are of honor and grace.

Sir24:16  As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.