Sir 24:23-34

Wisdom and the Law 23All this is the book of the covenant of the Most High God, the law that Moses commanded us as an inheritance for the congregations of Jacob.25It overflows, like the Pishon, with wisdom, and like the Tigris at the time of the first fruits.26It runs over, like the Euphrates, with understanding, and like the Jordan at harvest time.27It pours forth instruction like the Nile, like the Gihon at the time of vintage.28The first man did not know wisdom fully, nor will the last one fathom her.29For her thoughts are more abundant than the sea, and her counsel deeper than the great abyss. 30As for me, I was like a canal from a river, like a water channel into a garden.31I said, “I will water my garden and drench my flower-beds.” And lo, my canal became a river, and my river a sea.32I will again make instruction shine forth like the dawn, and I will make it clear from far away.33I will again pour out teaching like prophecy, and leave it to all future generations.34Observe that I have not labored for myself alone, but for all who seek wisdom.