[Sirach 1:11-10, 4:11-18]
 ALL WISDOM is from the Lord; wisdom is with him for ever.  Who can count the sand of the sea, the drops of rain, or the days of unending time?  Who can measure the height of the sky, the breadth of the earth, or the depth of the abyss?  Wisdom was first of all created things; intelligent purpose has been there from the beginning.  Who has laid bare the root of wisdom? Who has understood her subtlety?  One alone is wise, the Lord most terrible, seated upon his throne.  It is he who created her, surveyed and measured her, and infused her into all his works.  To all mankind he has given her in some measure, but in plenty to those who love him.
 WISDOM RAISES her sons to greatness and cares for those who seek her.  To love her is to love life; to rise early for her sake is to be filled with joy.  The man who attains her will win recognition; the Lord's blessing rests upon every place she enters.  To serve her is to serve the Holy One, and the Lord loves those who love her.  Her dutiful servant will give laws to the heathen, and because he listens to her, his home will be secure.  If he trusts her, he will possess her and bequeath her to his descendants.  At first she will lead him by devious ways, filling him with craven fears. Her discipline will be a torment to him, and her decrees a hard test until he trusts her with all his heart.  Then she will come straight back to him again and gladden and reveal her secrets to him.