The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 26: Ecclesiasticus by Anonymous


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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
A.D. 1749-1752


This Book is so called from a Greek word that signifies a preacher:
because, like an excellent preacher, it gives admirable lessons of all
virtues. The author was Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem, who
flourished about two hundred years before Christ. As it was written
after the time of Esdras, it is not in the Jewish canon; but is received
as canonical and divine by the Catholic Church, instructed by
apostolical tradition, and directed by the spirit of God. It was first
written in the Hebrew, but afterwards translated into Greek, by another
Jesus, the grandson of the author, whose prologue to this book is the


The knowledge of many and great things hath been shewn us by the law,
and the prophets, and others that have followed them: for which things
Israel is to be commended for doctrine and wisdom, because not only they
that speak must needs be skilful, but strangers also, both speaking and
writing, may by their means become most learned. My grandfather Jesus,
after he had much given himself to a diligent reading of the law, and
the prophets, and other books, that were delivered to us from our
fathers, had a mind also to write something himself, pertaining to
doctrine and wisdom; that such as are desirous to learn, and are made
knowing in these things, may be more and more attentive in mind, and be
strengthened to live according to the law. I entreat you therefore to
come with benevolence, and to read with attention, and to pardon us for
those things wherein we may seem, while we follow the image of wisdom,
to come short in the composition of words; for the Hebrew words have not
the same force in them when translated into another tongue. And not only
these, but the law also itself, and the prophets, and the rest of the
books, have no small difference, when they are spoken in their own
language. For in the eight and thirtieth year coming into Egypt, when
Ptolemy Evergetes was king, and continuing there a long time, I found
there books left, of no small nor contemptible learning. Therefore I
thought it good, and necessary for me to bestow some diligence and
labour to interpret this book; and with much watching and study in some
space of time, I brought the book to an end, and set it forth for the
service of them that are willing to apply their mind, and to learn how
they ought to conduct themselves, who purpose to lead their life
according to the law of the Lord.

Ecclesiasticus Chapter 1

All wisdom is from God, and is given to them that fear and love God.

1:1. All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and
is before all time.

1:2. Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and
the days of the world? Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the
breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?

1:3. Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that goeth before all

1:4. Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding
of prudence from everlasting.

1:5. The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom, and her ways are
everlasting commandments.

1:6. To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who hath known
her wise counsels?

1:7. To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made
manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity of her steps?

1:8. There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and
greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of

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