Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sirach 1

Sir 1:22  The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, filling up peace and the fruit of salvation:
Sir 1:23  And it hath seen, and numbered her: but both are the gifts of God.
Sir 1:24  Wisdom shall distribute knowledge, and understanding of prudence: and exalteth the glory of them that hold her.
Sir 1:25  The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord: and the branches thereof are long-lived.
Sir 1:26  In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.
Sir 1:27  The fear of the Lord driveth out sin:
Sir 1:28  For he that is without fear, cannot be justified: for the wrath of his high spirits is his ruin.
Sir 1:29  A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards joy shall be restored to him.
Sir 1:30  A good understanding will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
Sir 1:31  In the treasures of wisdom is the signification of discipline:
Sir 1:32  But the worship of God is an abomination to a sinner.


If you're following along in an RSV or NRSV or NAB, this is different than what you have.  The why to the inevitable question is a subject for another time, but just FYI for now.

This part goes on to talk more about the fear of the Lord and wisdom, and how pride prevents us from knowing God.

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