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Sirach 14:20-15:10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Happiness of Seeking Wisdom

20 Happy is the person who meditates on[a] wisdom
    and reasons intelligently,
21 who[b] reflects in his heart on her ways
    and ponders her secrets,
22 pursuing her like a hunter,
    and lying in wait on her paths;
23 who peers through her windows
    and listens at her doors;
24 who camps near her house
    and fastens his tent peg to her walls;
25 who pitches his tent near her,
    and so occupies an excellent lodging place;
26 who places his children under her shelter,
    and lodges under her boughs;
27 who is sheltered by her from the heat,
    and dwells in the midst of her glory.

15 Whoever fears the Lord will do this,
    and whoever holds to the law will obtain wisdom.[c]
She will come to meet him like a mother,
    and like a young bride she will welcome him.
She will feed him with the bread of learning,
    and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
He will lean on her and not fall,
    and he will rely on her and not be put to shame.
She will exalt him above his neighbors,
    and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing,
    and will inherit an everlasting name.
The foolish will not obtain her,
    and sinners will not see her.
She is far from arrogance,
    and liars will never think of her.
Praise is unseemly on the lips of a sinner,
    for it has not been sent from the Lord.
10 For in wisdom must praise be uttered,
    and the Lord will make it prosper.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 14:20 Other ancient authorities read dies in
  2. Sirach 14:21 The structure adopted in verses 21–27 follows the Heb
  3. Sirach 15:1 Gk her
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