The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 39:1–11

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A wise man will seek the wisdom of all the ancients, and he will be occupied in the prophets.

But he that giveth his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies.

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He will preserve the words of renowned men, and he will enter with them into the subtleties of parables.

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He will search for the hidden meanings of proverbs, and he will become familiar with the mysteries of parables.

He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables.

He will minister in the midst of great men, and he will appear in the sight of the foremost leader.

He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men.

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He will pass through the land of foreign nations. For he will test good and evil among men.

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At first light, he will offer his heart with watchfulness to the Lord who made him, and he will pray in the sight of the Most High.

Sir39:5  He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.

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He will open his mouth in prayer, and he will make supplication for his offenses.

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For if the great Lord is willing, he will fill him with the Spirit of understanding.

Sir39:6  When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer.

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And he will send forth the eloquence of his wisdom like rain showers, and in his prayer, he will confess to the Lord.

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10  And he will direct his counsel and his discipline, and he will meditate on his mysteries.

Sir39:7  He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.

11  He will make the discipline of his doctrine clear, and he will glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.

Sir39:8  He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.