Ben Sira 15 (New Revised Standard w/ Apocrypha)

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1 Whoever fears the Lord will do this, and whoever holds to the law will obtain wisdom. a 2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and like a young bride she will welcome him. 3 She will feed him with the bread of learning, and give him the water of wisdom to drink. 4 He will lean on her and not fall, and he will rely on her and not be put to shame. 5 She will exalt him above his neighbors, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly. 6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will inherit an everlasting name. 7 The foolish will not obtain her, and sinners will not see her. 8 She is far from arrogance, and liars will never think of her. 9 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. 11 Do not say, "It was the Lord's doing that I fell away"; for he does not do b what he hates. 12 Do not say, "It was he who led me astray"; for he has no need of the sinful. 13 The Lord hates all abominations; such things are not loved by those who fear him. 14 It was he who created humankind in the beginning, and he left them in the power of their own free choice. 15 If you choose, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. 16 He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose. 17 Before each person are life and death, and whichever one chooses will be given. 18 For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything; 19 his eyes are on those who fear him, and he knows every human action. 20 He has not commanded anyone to be wicked, and he has not given anyone permission to sin.
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