24 Wisdom praises herself,
and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.
and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:
and covered the earth like a mist.
and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
and traversed the depths of the abyss.
and over every people and nation I have held sway.a
in whose territory should I abide?
and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob,
and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.
and so I was established in Zion.
and in Jerusalem was my domain.
in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.
and like a cypress on the heights of Hermon.
14 I grew tall like a palm tree in En-gedi,b
and like rosebushes in Jericho;
like a fair olive tree in the field,
and like a plane tree beside waterc I grew tall.
and like choice myrrh I spread my fragrance,
like galbanum, onycha, and stacte,
and like the odor of incense in the tent.
and my branches are glorious and graceful.
and my blossoms become glorious and abundant fruit.d
and eat your fill of my fruits.
and the possession of me sweeter than the honeycomb.
and those who drink of me will thirst for more.
and those who work with me will not sin.”
23 All this is the book of the covenant of the Most High God,
the law that Moses commanded us
as an inheritance for the congregations of Jacob.e
and like the Tigris at the time of the first fruits.
and like the Jordan at harvest time.
27 It pours forth instruction like the Nile,f
like the Gihon at the time of vintage.
28 The first man did not know wisdomg fully,
nor will the last one fathom her.
and her counsel deeper than the great abyss.
like a water channel into a garden.
and drench my flower-beds.”
And lo, my canal became a river,
and my river a sea.
and I will make it clear from far away.
and leave it to all future generations.
but for all who seek wisdom.h
Other ancient authorities read I have acquired a possession
Other ancient authorities read on the beaches
Other ancient authorities omit beside water
Other ancient authorities add as verse 18, I am the mother of beautiful love, of fear, of knowledge, and of holy hope; being eternal, I am given to all my children, to those who are named by him.
Other ancient authorities add as verse 24, “Do not cease to be strong in the Lord, cling to him so that he may strengthen you; the Lord Almighty alone is God, and besides him there is no savior.”
Syr: Gk It makes instruction shine forth like light
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