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Sirach 39:1-8 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

39 The wise men will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and will be occupied in the prophets.

He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtilties of parables.

He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.

He shall serve among great men, and: appear before the governor.

He shall pass into strange countries: for he shall try good and evil among men.

He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the most High.

He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins.

For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the spirit of understanding:

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