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Chapter 24

24:1 Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people.

24:2 In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power.

24:3 I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.

24:4 I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.

24:5 I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.

24:6 In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.

24:7 With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?

24:8 So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance in Israel.

24:9 He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.

24:10 In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.

24:11 Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.

24:12 And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord's inheritance.

24:13 I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon.

24:14 I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water.

24:15 I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.

24:16 As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.

24:17 As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.

24:18 I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.

24:19 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits.

24:20 For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb.

24:21 They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty.

24:22 He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss.

24:23 All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob.

24:24 Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour.

24:25 He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.

24:26 He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.

24:27 He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.

24:28 The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.

24:29 For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.

24:30 I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.

24:31 I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.

24:32 I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.

24:33 I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.

24:34 Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.

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