Sirach 1:1

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

1 All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever. 2 The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity—who can count them? 3 The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom —who can search them out? 4 Wisdom was created before all other things, and prudent understanding from eternity. 6 The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties—who knows them? Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Clement of Alexandria Stromata 1.4

Patristic

For sensibility finds and invents; since it persuasively exhorts to application. And practice will increase the application which has knowledge for its end. With reason, therefore, the apostle has called the wisdom of God" manifold," and which has manifested its power "in many departments and in many modes" -- by art, by knowledge, by faith, by prophecy -- for our benefit. "For all wisdom is from the Lord, and is with Him for ever," as says the wisdom of Jesus. For if thou call on wisdom and knowledge with a loud voice, and seek it as treasures of silver, and eagerly track it out, thou shalt understand godliness and find divine knowledge." The prophet says this in contradiction to the knowledge according to philosophy, which teaches us to investigate in a magnanimous and noble manner, for our progress in piety. Source

Date: 195-205 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
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