The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 24:35–47

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35  It is he who fulfills wisdom, like the Phison river and the Tigris river in the first days.

Sir24:25  He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.

36  It is he who fulfills understanding, like the river Euphrates. It is he who multiplies understanding, like the river Jordan in the time of the harvest.

Sir24:26  He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.

37  He sends forth discipline like the light, and he stands forth like the river Gehon in the time of the vintage.

Sir24:27  He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.

38  He first had perfect knowledge of her, for a weaker one would not search for her.

Sir24:28  The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.

39  For her thoughts abound like the sea, and her counsels abound like the great abyss.

Sir24:29  For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.

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40  “I, wisdom, have poured forth rivers.

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41  I am like a brook leading to a river of immense waters. I am like a channel flowing from a river. And I went forth from Paradise like an aqueduct.

Sir24:30  I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.

42  I said: I will irrigate my garden of plantings, and I will thoroughly water the fruits of my field.

Sir24:31  I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.

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43  And behold, my brook became overflowing, and my river drew near to the sea.

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44  For I illuminate doctrine to all, like the first light. And I will announce doctrine, even to those who are far away.

Sir24:32  I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.

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45  I will reach to all the lower parts of the earth, and I will gaze upon all who sleep, and I will illuminate all who hope in the Lord.

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46  Even now, I pour forth doctrine like prophecy. And even now, I bequeath doctrine to those who seek wisdom. And I will not cease from their progeny, even unto the holy time.

Sir24:33  I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.

47  See how I have not labored for myself alone, but for all who are seeking truth!”

Sir24:34  Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.