“All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever, and is before all time

The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity: who can number these?

Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth, the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?

Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity.

To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?

Who knows her subtleties?

There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring, seated upon his throne: It is the LORD; he created her, has seen her and taken note of her.

He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends.

Fear of the LORD is glory and splendour, gladness and a festive crown.

Fear of the LORD warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days.” – Book of Sirach 1:1-10.


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