Sirach 51: 13-30: Pursuit of Wisdom – Part I
When I was young and innocent,
I sought wisdom.
She came to me in her beauty,
and until the end I will cultivate her.
We look for wisdom in the obvious places: philosophers, theologians, arcane texts and modern writings. But is she really there?
As the blossoms yielded to ripening grapes,
the heart’s joy,
My feet kept to the level path
because from earliest youth I was familiar with her.
We remember the wisdom of childhood joys on a summer day or a winter afternoon. But do we still find wisdom in the simple serenity of living?
In the short time I paid heed,
I met with great instruction.
Since in this way I have profited,
I will give my Teacher grateful praise.
I resolved to tread her paths;
I have been jealous for the good and will not turn back.
We recall the warmth of relationship, the steady trust of the faithful heart. But is this the wisdom we look for today?
Tomorrow, the passion of true wisdom.
When we use the scripture link and drop-down menus to explore other versions of these verses, we focus on our pursuit of wisdom.