“If you are willing,
You can be disciplined.
If you apply yourself.
You will become clever.
If you love to listen,
You will pay attention,
You will become wise.
Stand in the assembly of the elders.
Who is wise?
Attach yourself to such a one.
Be ready to listen to every godly discourse.
Let no wise proverbs escape you.
If you see an intelligent person,
Let your foot wear out his doorstep.
Reflect on the statutes of the Lord.
Meditate at all times on his commandments.
It is he who will give insight to your mind.
Your desire for wisdom will be granted.”
Sirach now gives clear directions on how to be wise. You must go through an apprenticeship, just like a Trump apprentice. However, here it is the wisdom apprentice. If you are willing and disciplined, you can become clever and wise. You have to apply yourself and listen attentively. You should stand in the assembly of the elders. You should attach yourself to an intelligent person who has a godly discourse and wise proverbs. You should rise early. Go wear out his doorstep with your many visits to this wise man. If you reflect on the statutes of the Lord and meditate on his commandments, you will gain insight. Wisdom will be granted to you after your time of trial.