Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WIS.DOM.AIN

Rose Window, Strasbourg Cathedral

Ecclus 24.1–22 (selected verses)

Wisdom praises herself,
   and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. 
In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
   and in the presence of heavenly hosts she tells of her glory: 
"I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
   and covered the earth like a mist. 
I dwelt in the highest heavens,
   and my throne was in a pillar of cloud. 
Alone I compassed the vault of heaven
   and traversed the depths of the abyss. 
Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
   and over every people and nation I have held sway. 
Among all these I sought a resting-place;
   in whose territory should I abide? 

"Then the Creator of all things gave me a command,
   and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
He said, “Make your dwelling in Jacob,
   and in Israel receive your inheritance.” 
Before the ages, in the beginning, the Holy One created me,
   and for all the ages I shall not cease to be. 
In the holy tent I ministered before God,
   and so I was established in Zion. 
Thus in the beloved city the Holy One gave me a resting-place,
   and in Jerusalem was my domain. 
I took root in an honored people,
   in the portion of the Holy, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, 
the heritage, world without end. 

"Come to me, you who desire me,
   and eat your fill of my fruits. 
For the memory of me is sweeter than honey,
   and the possession of me sweeter than the honeycomb. 
Those who eat of me will hunger for more,
   and those who drink of me will thirst for more. 
Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame,
   and those who work with me will not falter.

(adapted)