Prayer for Wisdom
Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?
counsels, and let me not fall by them. 2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts,
and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine
ignorances, and it pass not by my sins: 3 Lest mine ignorances increase, and my
sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine
enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy

  Prayer of Thanksgiving
                            Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
                                                  51: 1-30

51:1 I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do
give praise unto thy name: 2 For thou art my defender and helper, and has
preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous
tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine
adversaries: 3 And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies
and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me,
and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold
afflictions which I had; 4 From the choking of fire on every side, and from the
midst of the fire which I kindled not; 5 From the depth of the belly of hell, from
an unclean tongue, and from lying words.
6 By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near
even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath. 7 They compassed me on
every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men,
but there was none. 8 Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts
of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the
hands of the enemies. 9 Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and
prayed for deliverance from death. 10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my
Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the
proud, when there was no help. 11 I will praise thy name continually, and will
sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard: 12 For thou savedst
me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the evil time: therefore will I give
thanks, and praise thee, and bless they name, O Lord.
13 When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my
prayer. 14 I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the
end. 15 Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in
her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her. 16 I bowed
down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning. 17 I profited
therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom. 18 For I
purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I
not be confounded. 19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was
exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my
ignorances of her. 20 I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I
have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be
forsaken. 21 My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good
possession. 22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise
him therewith. 23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of
learning. 24 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your
souls are very thirsty? 25 I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves
without money. 26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive
instruction: she is hard at hand to find. 27 Behold with your eyes, how that I have
but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest. 28 Get learning with a great
sum of money, and get much gold by her. 29 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy,
and be not ashamed of his praise. 30 Work your work betimes, and in his time he
will give you your reward.