Sirach 34:9-20

Experience and fear of the Lord

9 People who have traveled know a lot, and those who are experienced will speak sense.
10 People with no experience know little,
11 but those who have traveled have become more clever.
12 I have seen a lot in my wandering, and I understand more than I can tell.
13 I've often been in danger, close to death, and I was saved because of these experiences.
14 The spirit of those who fear the Lord will live,
15 because their hope is in the one who saves them.
16 Those who fear the Lord won't be timid about anything; they will never turn coward, because the Lord is their hope.
17 The souls of those who fear the Lord are favored.
18 To whom do they look? And who is their support?
19 The Lord's eyes are upon those who love him. The Lord is a powerful shield, a strong support, a shelter from the heat, a shade from the midday sun, a guard against stumbling, and a help against falling;
20 one who lifts up the spirit, one who gives light to the eyes, and one who gives healing for life and blessing.
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