Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

Ecclesiasticus / Sirach Chapters

1 All wisdom comes from the Lord, she is with him for ever.

2 The sands of the sea, the drops of rain, the days of eternity -- who can count them?

3 The height of the sky, the breadth of the earth, the depth of the abyss -- who can explore them?

4 Wisdom was created before everything, prudent understanding subsists from remotest ages.


6 For whom has the root of wisdom ever been uncovered? Her resourceful ways, who knows them?


8 One only is wise, terrible indeed,

9 seated on his throne, the Lord. It was he who created, inspected and weighed her up, and then poured her out on all his works-

10 as much to each living creature as he chose -- bestowing her on those who love him.

11 The fear of the Lord is glory and pride, happiness and a crown of joyfulness.

12 The fear of the Lord gladdens the heart, giving happiness, joy and long life.

13 For those who fear the Lord, all will end well: on their dying day they will be blessed.

14 The basis of wisdom is to fear the Lord; she was created with the faithful in their mothers' womb;

15 she has made a home in the human race, an age -- old foundation, and to their descendants will she faithfully cling.

16 The fullness of wisdom is to fear the Lord; she intoxicates them with her fruits;

17 she fills their entire house with treasures and their storerooms with her produce.

18 The crown of wisdom is to fear the Lord: she makes peace and health flourish.

19 The Lord has seen and assessed her, he has showered down knowledge and intelligence, he has exalted the renown of those who possess her.

20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and her branches are long life.


22 The rage of the wicked cannot put him in the right, for the weight of his rage is his downfall.

23 A patient person puts up with things until the right time comes: but his joy will break out in the end.

24 Till the time comes he keeps his thoughts to himself, and many a lip will affirm how wise he is.

25 Wisdom's treasuries contain the maxims of knowledge, the sinner, however, holds piety in abhorrence.

26 If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord will bestow it on you.

27 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction, and what pleases him is faithfulness and gentleness.

28 Do not stand out against fear of the Lord, do not practise it with a double heart.

29 Do not act a part in public, keep watch over your lips.

30 Do not grow too high and mighty, for fear you fall and cover yourself in disgrace; for the Lord would then reveal your secrets and overthrow you before the whole community for not having practised fear of the Lord and for having a heart full of deceit.

More Bible

Daily Readings

November 28th, 2015

Reading 1, Daniel 7:15-27: 15 'I, Daniel, was deeply disturbed and the visions that passed ... Responsorial Psalm, Daniel 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87: 82 Bless the Lord, all the human ... Gospel, Luke 21:34-36: 34 'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by ... continue reading

More Daily Readings
November 2015

Daily Readings by Email

Daily Readings newsletter icon

Daily readings of the Mass. 7 days/week. See Sample


New Jerusalem Bible

New Jerusalem Bible

The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

Old Testament

New Testament


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big ...
  • St. Catherine Laboure: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • 'Black Friday' leaving bruises as shoppers trample each other for ...
  • President likens Syrian refugees to pilgrims on Mayflower in ...
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:15-27
15 'I, Daniel, was deeply disturbed and the visions that passed through ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87
82 Bless the Lord, all the human race: praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:34-36
34 'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 28th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine Laboure
November 28: St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, ... Read More