Ben Sira 1:1-6

1 All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever.
2 The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity—who can count them?
3 The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom —who can search them out?
4 Wisdom was created before all other things, and prudent understanding from eternity.
6 The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties—who knows them?

Ben Sira 1:1-6 In-Context

1 All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever.
2 The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity—who can count them?
3 The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom —who can search them out?
4 Wisdom was created before all other things, and prudent understanding from eternity.
6 The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties—who knows them?
8 There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared, seated upon his throne—the Lord.
9 It is he who created her; he saw her and took her measure; he poured her out upon all his works,

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities read [the depth of the abyss]
  • [b]. Other ancient authorities add as verse 5, [The source of wisdom is God's word in the highest heaven, and her ways are the eternal commandments.]
  • [c]. Other ancient authorities add as verse 7, [The knowledge of wisdom--to whom was it manifested? And her abundant experience--who has understood it?]
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