The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 24:23–34

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23  Like the vine, I have born the fruit of a sweet fragrance. And my flowers are the fruit of honor and integrity.

Sir24:17  As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.

24  I am the mother of the beauty of love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.

Sir24:18  I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.

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25  All grace of the way and of the truth is in me. All hope of life and of virtue is in me.

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26  Journey toward me, all you who desire me, and be filled by my harvest.

Sir24:19  Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits.

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27  For my spirit is sweeter than honey, and my inheritance is better than honey and the honeycomb.

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28  My memory is for the generations of all ages.

Sir24:20  For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb.

29  Whoever consumes me will hunger still. And whoever drinks me will thirst still.

Sir24:21  They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.

30  Whoever listens to me will not be confounded. And whoever acts in me will not sin.

Sir24:22  He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss.

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31  Whoever elucidates me will have eternal life.”

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32  All this is a book of life, and a covenant of the Most High, and an acknowledgement of truth.

Sir24:23  All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob.

33  Moses commanded the law by the precepts of justice, and an inheritance to the house of Jacob, and the promises to Israel.

Sir24:24  Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour.

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34  God appointed David as his servant, in order to raise up from him a most mighty King, who would sit upon the throne of honor forever.