Sirach Chapter 51

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1: I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name: edit

2: For thou art my defender and helper, and has preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine adversaries: edit

3: And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had; edit

4: From the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not; edit

5: From the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words. edit

6: By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath. edit

7: They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men, but there was none. edit

8: Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies. edit

9: Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. edit

10: I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help. edit

11: I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard: edit

12: For thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, and bless they name, O Lord. edit

13: When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer. edit

14: I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end. edit

15: Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her. edit

16: I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning. edit

17: I profited therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom. edit

18: For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded. edit

19: My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her. edit

20: I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be foresaken. edit

21: My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession. edit

22: The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith. edit

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

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

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

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

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

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

29: Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his praise. edit

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

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