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Sirach 51 : 1 - 29

Chapter 51

1They compassed me on every side, and there was no one that would help me. I looked for the succour of men, and there was none.
2I remembered thy mercy, O Lord, and thy works, which are from the beginning of the world.
3How thou deliverest them that wait for thee, O Lord, and savest them out of the hands of the nations.
4Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth and I have prayed for death to pass away.
5I called upon the Lord, the father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the time of the proud without help.
6I will praise thy name continually, and will praise it with thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard.
7And thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast delivered me from the evil time.
8Therefore I will give thanks, and praise thee, and bless the name of the Lord.
9When I was yet young, before I wandered about, I sought for wisdom openly in my prayer.
10I prayed for her before the temple, and unto the very end I will seek after her, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
11My heart delighted in her, my foot walked in the right way, from my youth up I sought after her.
12I bowed down my ear a little, and received her.
13I found much wisdom in myself, and I profited much therein.
14To him that giveth me wisdom, will I give glory.
15For I have determined to follow her: I have had a zeal for good, and shall not be confounded.
16My soul hath wrestled for her, and in doing it I have been confirmed.
17I stretched forth my hands on high, and I bewailed my ignorance of her.
18I directed my soul to her, and in knowledge I found her.
19I possessed my heart with her from the beginning: therefore I shall not be forsaken.
20My entrails were troubled in seeking her: therefore shall I possess a good possession.
21The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward: and with it I will praise him.
22Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and gather yourselves together into the house of discipline.
23Why are ye slow? and what do you say of these things? your souls are exceeding thirsty.
24I have opened my mouth, and have spoken: buy her for yourselves without silver,
25And submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul receive discipline: for she is near at hand to be found.
26Behold with your eyes how I have laboured a little, and have found much rest to myself.
27Receive ye discipline as a great sum of money, and possess abundance of gold by her.
28Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and you shall not be confounded in his praise.
29Work your work before the time, and he will give you your reward in his time.

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