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Sirach 51:13–22

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.

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