All wisdom comes from the LORD
and with him it remains forever, and is before all time
The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,
the days of eternity: who can number these?
Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth,
the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?
Before all things else wisdom was created;
and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
and her ways are everlasting.
To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?
Who knows her subtleties?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways?
There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring,
seated upon his throne:
There is but one, Most High
all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
It is the LORD; he created her through the Holy Spirit,
has seen her and taken note of her.
He has poured her forth upon all his works,
upon every living thing according to his bounty;
he has lavished her upon his friends.
1:1–10 This brief poem serves as an introduction to the book. The Lord is the source and preserver of all wisdom, which he pours out upon all. See Jb 28:20–28; Prv 2:6; 8:22–31; Wis 7:25–27.
1:1 Wisdom: throughout the book Ben Sira describes in great detail just what wisdom is: sometimes divine (1:6, 8), sometimes a synonym for God’s law (24:22–23). Ben Sira makes clear that all wisdom comes from God.
1:8–10 In contrast to Jb 28, wisdom is not only with God, but given to all, especially Israel.
As as a backdrop to the whole book, there is the exhortation in these opening verses to seek divine Wisdom; to understand that the fear of the Lord is the beginning and the climax of true wisdom.
Wisdom as fear of the Lord is shown in its various manifestations: trust and a lively hope in the Lord; patience in suffering and adversity; reverence and respect for parents; humility in one’s attitudes and conduct toward others; docility, almsgiving, and concern for the disadvantaged.
Wisdom is something divine and all-embracing. That is to say, Wisdom resides in God (1:1–8) and it is God himself who has imbued all created things with it.
– Michael Adams, Wisdom Books
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.