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Sirach 24:1-12 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Praise of Wisdom

24 Wisdom will praise herself,
    and will glory in the midst of her people.[a]
In the assembly of the Most High she will open her mouth,
    and in the presence of his host she will glory:
“I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
    and covered the earth like a mist.
I dwelt in high places,
    and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
Alone I have made the circuit of the vault of heaven
    and have walked in the depths of the abyss.
In the waves of the sea, in the whole earth,
    and in every people and nation I have gotten a possession.
Among all these I sought a resting place;
    I sought in whose territory I might lodge.

“Then the Creator of all things gave me a commandment,
    and the one who created me assigned a place for my tent.
And he said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob,
    and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
From eternity, in the beginning, he created me,
    and for eternity I shall not cease to exist.
10 In the holy tabernacle I ministered before him,
    and so I was established in Zion.
11 In the beloved city likewise he gave me a resting place,
    and in Jerusalem was my dominion.
12 So I took root in an honored people,
    in the portion of the Lord, who is their inheritance.


  1. Sirach 24:1 Or will glorify herself in the midst of the people.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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