Sirach 15

1 {\cf2 He that feareth the Lord, will do good: and he that hath the knowledge of the Law, wil keepe it sure.}

2 {\cf2 As an honorable mother shal shee meete him, and she, as his wife maryed of a virgine, wil receyue him.}

3 {\cf2 With the bread of life and vnderstanding shal shee feede him, and giue him the water of wholesome wisdome to drinke.}

4 {\cf2 He shal assure himselfe in her, & shall not be moued, and shal holde himselfe fast by her, and shal not be confounded.}

5 {\cf2 She shall exalt him aboue his neighbours, & in the middes of the congregation shall shee open his mouth: with the spirit of wisdome, and vnderstanding shal shee fill him, and clothe him with the garment of glory.}

6 {\cf2 Shee shall cause him to inherite ioy, and the crowne of gladnes, and an euerlasting name.}

7 {\cf2 But foolish men wil not take hold vpon her: but such as haue vnderstanding, wil meete her: the sinners shal not see her.}

8 {\cf2 For she is farre from pride and deceite, and men that lye, can not remember her: but men of trueth shall haunt her, and shal prosper euen vnto the beholding of God.}

9 {\cf2 Prayse is not seemely in the mouth of the sinner: for that is not sent of the Lord.}

10 {\cf2 But if praise come of wisdome, & be plenteous in a faithful mouth then ye Lord wil prosper it.}

11 {\cf2 Say not thou, It is through the Lorde that I turne backe: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.}

12 {\cf2 Say not thou, He hath caused me to erre: for he hath no neede of the sinnefull man.}

13 {\cf2 The Lord hateth all abomination of error: and they that feare God, loue it not.}

14 {\cf2 He made man from the beginning, & left him in the hand of his counsel, and gaue him his commandements and precepts.}

15 {\cf2 If thou wilt, thou shalt obserue the commadements, and testifie thy good will.}

16 {\cf2 He hath set water & fire before thee: stretch out thine hand vnto which thou wilt.}

17 {\cf2 Before man is life and death, good and euill: what him liketh, shalbe giuen him.}

18 {\cf2 For the wisdome of the Lord is great, and he is mightie in power, and beholdeth all things continually.}

19 {\cf2 And the eyes of the Lord are vpon them that feare him, & he knoweth al the works of man.}

20 {\cf2 He hath commanded no man to do vngodly, neither hath he giuen any man licence to sinne: for he desireth not a multitude of infidels, and vnprofitable children.}