“‘I am the mother of beautiful love.
I am the mother of fear.
I am the mother of knowledge.
I am the mother of holy hope.
I am given to
All my children.
I am given to
Those who are named by him.
Come to me!
You who desire me!
Eat your fill of my fruits!
The memory of me
Is sweeter than honey.
The possession of me
Is sweeter than the honeycomb.
Whoever eats me
Will hunger for more.
Whoever drinks me
Will thirst for more.
Whoever obeys me
Will not be put to shame.
Whoever works with me
Will not sin.’”
Sirach has wisdom extend an invitation to all people to come to her. Wisdom is the mother of beautiful love, fear, knowledge, and holy hope. She has been given to all her children. She invites all who desire her to come to her. Thus they may eat the full of her fruits. Her memory and the possession of her is sweeter than honey and honeycombs. Anyone who eats and drinks of her will want more. Whoever obeys her will not be put to shame. They will not sin. She is a great female intercessor with God, much like the later Christian Virgin Mary. At the same time, she sometimes has qualities that were later attributed to the Christian Holy Spirit.
“To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
She is created with the faithful in the womb.
She made an eternal foundation among human beings.
Among their descendants
She will abide faithfully.
To fear the Lord is fullness of wisdom.
She inebriates mortals with her fruits.
She fills their whole house with desirable goods.
She fills their storehouses with her produce.
The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom.
She makes peace.
She makes perfect health to flourish.
She rained down knowledge.
She rained down discerning comprehension.
She heightened the glory of those who held her fast.
To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom.
Her branches are a long life.”
After explaining the importance of the fear of the Lord, now Sirach makes a clear connection with wisdom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The faithful have wisdom from their time in the womb. Wisdom is an eternal foundation that abides faithfully. If you fear God, you are full of wisdom since she inebriates mortals with her fruits. The wise will have desirable goods and produce. The fear of God is the crown of wisdom. She makes peace and brings perfect health. Wisdom brings knowledge and comprehension. Glory will come to those who hold fast to wisdom because their fear of God is the root of wisdom with its branches a long life.