Sirach 1:9

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

6 The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties—who knows them? 8 There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared, seated upon his throne—the Lord. 9 It is he who created her; he saw her and took her measure; he poured her out upon all his works, 10 upon all the living according to his gift; he lavished her upon those who love him. 11 The fear of the Lord is glory and exultation, and gladness and a crown of rejoicing.

Athanasius Discourse Against the Arians 22


But if this too fails to persuade them, let them tell us themselves, whether there is any wisdom in the creatures or not? If not how is it that the Apostle complains, 'For after that in the Wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God?' or how is it if there is no wisdom, that a 'multitude of wise men ' are found in Scripture? For 'a wise man fears and departs from evil ' and 'through wisdom is a house built' and the Preacher says, 'A man's wisdom makes his face to shine;' and he blames those who are headstrong thus, 'Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not inquire in wisdom concerning this.' But if, as the Son of Sirach says, 'He poured her out upon all His works; she is with all flesh according to His gift, and He has given her to them that love Him' and this outpouring is a note, not of the Essence of the Very Wisdom and Only-begotten, but of that wisdom which is imaged in the world, how is it incredible that the All-framing and true Wisdom Itself, whose impress is the wisdom and knowledge poured out in the world, should say, as I have already explained, as if of Itself, 'The Lord created me for His works?' For the wisdom in the world is not creative, but is that which is created in the works, according to which 'the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handywork.'

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