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Sirach 6:14-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
    whoever finds one has found a treasure.
15 Faithful friends are beyond price;
    no amount can balance their worth.
16 Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
    and those who fear the Lord will find them.
17 Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
    for as they are, so are their neighbors also.

Blessings of Wisdom

18 My child, from your youth choose discipline,
    and when you have gray hair you will still find wisdom.
19 Come to her like one who plows and sows,
    and wait for her good harvest.
For when you cultivate her you will toil but little,
    and soon you will eat of her produce.
20 She seems very harsh to the undisciplined;
    fools cannot remain with her.
21 She will be like a heavy stone to test them,
    and they will not delay in casting her aside.
22 For wisdom is like her name;
    she is not readily perceived by many.

23 Listen, my child, and accept my judgment;
    do not reject my counsel.
24 Put your feet into her fetters,
    and your neck into her collar.
25 Bend your shoulders and carry her,
    and do not fret under her bonds.
26 Come to her with all your soul,
    and keep her ways with all your might.
27 Search out and seek, and she will become known to you;
    and when you get hold of her, do not let her go.
28 For at last you will find the rest she gives,
    and she will be changed into joy for you.
29 Then her fetters will become for you a strong defense,
    and her collar a glorious robe.
30 Her yoke[a] is a golden ornament,
    and her bonds a purple cord.
31 You will wear her like a glorious robe,
    and put her on like a splendid crown.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 6:30 Heb: Gk Upon her
  2. Sirach 6:31 Heb: Gk crown of gladness
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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