The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 51:31–38


31  Draw near to me, you who are untaught, and gather yourselves into the house of discipline.

Sir51:23  Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning.

32  Why are you reluctant? And what do you have to say about these things? Your souls are exceedingly thirsty!

Sir51:24  Wherefore are ye slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your souls are very thirsty?

33  I have opened my mouth, and I have spoken. Buy wisdom for yourselves without silver,

Sir51:25  I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves without money.

34  and subject your neck to her yoke, and let your soul accept her discipline. For she is close enough to be found.

Sir51:26  Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction: she is hard at hand to find.

35  See with your own eyes how I have labored only a little, and have found much rest for myself.

Sir51:27  Behold with your eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest.

36  Take up discipline, as if it were a great sum of money, and possess an abundance of gold in her.

Sir51:28  Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.


37  Let your soul rejoice in his mercy. For you will not be confounded by his praise.


38  Accomplish your work before the time. And he will give you your reward in his time.

Sir51:30  Work your work betimes, and in his time he will give you your reward.