Sirach 15

Sir 15:1 He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
Sir 15:2 And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.
Sir 15:3 With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
Sir 15:4 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.
Sir 15:5 She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.

Sir 15:6 He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
Sir 15:7 But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.
Sir 15:8 For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.
Sir 15:9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.
Sir 15:10 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.

Sir 15:11 Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
Sir 15:12 Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
Sir 15:13 The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
Sir 15:14 He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;
Sir 15:15 If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.

Sir 15:16 He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.
Sir 15:17 Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.
Sir 15:18 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:
Sir 15:19 And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.
Sir 15:20 He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.