Epistle of Saint Bernard

Ecclesiasticus 39:6-14

The just will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the Most High. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins. For it shall please the great Lord, He will fill him with the spirit of understanding: and he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord: and He shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in His secrets shall he meditate. He shall show forth the disci- pline he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the lord. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten. The memory of him shall be in request from generation to generation. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the Church shall show forth his praise.


Verse 6. Pray. Diligence and prayer are the means to acquire wisdom. C. iv. 13.

Verse 9. Lord, being in a sort of rapture, and enlightened by Him.

Verse 13. Generation. With what care de we not preserve the Scripture? &c.

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