Sirach Chapter 39

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1: 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. edit

2: He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also. edit

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

4: 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. edit

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. edit

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. edit

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

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

9: Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. edit

10: Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise. edit

11: If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it. edit

12: Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full. edit

13: Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field: edit

14: And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works. edit

15: Magnify his name, and shew forth his praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising him ye shall say after this manner: edit

16: All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season. edit

17: And none may say, What is this? wherefore is that? for at time convenient they shall all be sought out: at his commandment the waters stood as an heap, and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters. edit

18: At his commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when he will save. edit

19: The works of all flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from his eyes. edit

20: He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him. edit

21: A man need not to say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath made all things for their uses. edit

22: His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood. edit

23: As he hath turned the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen inherit his wrath. edit

24: As his ways are plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks unto the wicked. edit

25: For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners. edit

26: The principal things for the whole use of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing. edit

27: All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil. edit

28: There be spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of him that made them. edit

29: Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance; edit

30: Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction. edit

31: They shall rejoice in his commandment, and they shall be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress his word. edit

32: Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing. edit

33: All the works of the Lord are good: and he will give every needful thing in due season. edit

34: So that a man cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved. edit

35: And therefore praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord. edit

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