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Isaiah 62: 6-10


6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
   I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
   they shall never be silent.
You who remind the Lord,
   take no rest,
7 and give him no rest
   until he establishes Jerusalem
   and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand
   and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
   to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
   for which you have laboured;
9 but those who garner it shall eat it
   and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
   in my holy courts.


10 Go through, go through the gates,
   prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
   clear it of stones,
   lift up an ensign over the peoples.

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Sirach 51: 13-30

Autobiographical Poem on Wisdom


13 While I was still young, before I went on my travels,
   I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
14 Before the temple I asked for her,
   and I will search for her until the end.


15 From the first blossom to the ripening grape
   my heart delighted in her;
my foot walked on the straight path;
   from my youth I followed her steps.


16 I inclined my ear a little and received her,
   and I found for myself much instruction.
17 I made progress in her;
   to him who gives wisdom I will give glory.


18 For I resolved to live according to wisdom,*
   and I was zealous for the good,
   and I shall never be disappointed.
19 My soul grappled with wisdom,*
   and in my conduct I was strict;*


I spread out my hands to the heavens,
   and lamented my ignorance of her.
20 I directed my soul to her,
   and in purity I found her.


With her I gained understanding from the first;
   therefore I will never be forsaken.
21 My heart was stirred to seek her;
   therefore I have gained a prize possession.
22 The Lord gave me my tongue as a reward,
   and I will praise him with it.


23 Draw near to me, you who are uneducated,
   and lodge in the house of instruction.
24 Why do you say you are lacking in these things,*
   and why do you endure such great thirst?
25 I opened my mouth and said,
   Acquire wisdom* for yourselves without money.


26 Put your neck under her* yoke,
   and let your souls receive instruction;
   it is to be found close by.


27 See with your own eyes that I have laboured but little
   and found for myself much serenity.
28 Hear but a little of my instruction,
   and through me you will acquire silver and gold.*


29 May your soul rejoice in God’s* mercy,
   and may you never be ashamed to praise him.
30 Do your work in good time,
   and in his own time God* will give you your reward.

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