The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 34:9–17

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He who has not been tested, what does he know? A man with much experience will consider many things. And whoever has learned much will explain with understanding.

Sir34:Sir31:9  A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom.

10  He who has no experience knows little. And he who has done many things has made many mistakes.

Sir34:Sir31:10  He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence.

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11  He who has not been tested, what kind of things can he know? He who has been deceived will be more cunning.

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12  I have seen much by wandering, and the customs of many things.

Sir34:Sir31:11  When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.

13  At times, I have even been in danger of death because of these things, but I was freed by the grace of God.

Sir34:Sir31:12  I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.

14  The spirit of those who fear God is sought, and they will be blessed by his providence.

Sir34:Sir31:13  The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them.

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15  For their hope is in him who saves them, and the eyes of God are on those who love him.

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16  Those who fear the Lord will tremble at nothing, and they will not be terrified. For he is their hope.

Sir34:Sir31:14  Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope.

17  The soul of him who fears the Lord is blessed.

Sir34:Sir31:15  Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength?