The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 35
1He that keepeth the law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a peace offering.
2He that requiteth a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth praise.
3To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation.
4Thou shalt not appear empty before the Lord.
5For all these things [are to be done] because of the commandment.
6The offering of the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is before the most High.
7The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten.
8Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of thine hands.
9In all thy gifts shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness.
10Give unto the most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye.
11For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much.
12Do not think to corrupt with gifts; for such he will not receive: and trust not to unrighteous sacrifices; for the Lord is judge, and with him is no respect of persons.
13He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.
14He will not despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the widow, when she poureth out her complaint.
15Do not the tears run down the widow's cheeks? and is not her cry against him that causeth them to fall?
16He that serveth the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his prayer shall reach unto the clouds.
17The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds: and till it come nigh, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, till the most High shall behold to judge righteously, and execute judgment.
18For the Lord will not be slack, neither will the Mighty be patient toward them, till he have smitten in sunder the loins of the unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the heathen; till he have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of the unrighteous;
19Till he have rendered to every man according to his deeds, and to the works of men according to their devices; till he have judged the cause of his people, and made them to rejoice in his mercy.
20Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 36
1Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us:
2And send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee.
3Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, and let them see thy power.
4As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us.
5And let them know thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God but only thou, O God.
6Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works.
7Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy.
8Sake the time short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy wonderful works.
9Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish that oppress the people.
10Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say, There is none other but we.
11Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as from the beginning.
12O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, whom thou hast named thy firstborn.
13O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy city, the place of thy rest.
14Fill Sion with thine unspeakable oracles, and thy people with thy glory:
15Give testimony unto those that thou hast possessed from the beginning, and raise up prophets that have been in thy name.
16Reward them that wait for thee, and let thy prophets be found faithful.
17O Lord, hear the prayer of thy servants, according to the blessing of Aaron over thy people, that all they which dwell upon the earth may know that thou art the Lord, the eternal God.
18The belly devoureth all meats, yet is one meat better than another.
19As the palate tasteth divers kinds of venison: so doth an heart of understanding false speeches.
20A froward heart causeth heaviness: but a man of experience will recompense him.
21A woman will receive every man, yet is one daughter better than another.
22The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance, and a man loveth nothing better.
23If there be kindness, meekness, and comfort, in her tongue, then is not her husband like other men.
24He that getteth a wife beginneth a possession, a help like unto himself, and a pillar of rest.
25Where no hedge is, there the possession is spoiled: and he that hath no wife will wander up and down mourning.
26Who will trust a thief well appointed, that skippeth from city to city? so [who will believe] a man that hath no house, and lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him?
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 37
1Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.
2Is it not a grief unto death, when a companion and friend is turned to an enemy?
3O wicked imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with deceit?
4There is a companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time of trouble will be against him.
5There is a companion, which helpeth his friend for the belly, and taketh up the buckler against the enemy.
6Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.
7Every counsellor extolleth counsel; but there is some that counselleth for himself.
8Beware of a counsellor, and know before what need he hath; for he will counsel for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee,
9And say unto thee, Thy way is good: and afterward he stand on the other side, to see what shall befall thee.
10Consult not with one that suspecteth thee: and hide thy counsel from such as envy thee.
11Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous; neither with a coward in matters of war; nor with a merchant concerning exchange; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of thankfulness; nor with an unmerciful man touching kindness; nor with the slothful for any work; nor with an hireling for a year of finishing work; nor with an idle servant of much business: hearken not unto these in any matter of counsel.
12But be continually with a godly man, whom thou knowest to keep the commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to thy mind, and will sorrow with thee, if thou shalt miscarry.
13And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.
14For a man's mind is sometime wont to tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower.
15And above all this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy way in truth.
16Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
17The countenance is a sign of changing of the heart.
18Four manner of things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the tongue ruleth over them continually.
19There is one that is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable to himself.
20There is one that sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated: he shall be destitute of all food.
21For grace is not given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of all wisdom.
22Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth.
23A wise man instructeth his people; and the fruits of his understanding fail not.
24A wise man shall be filled with blessing; and all they that see him shall count him happy.
25The days of the life of man may be numbered: but the days of Israel are innumerable.
26A wise man shall inherit glory among his people, and his name shall be perpetual.
27My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it.
28For all things are not profitable for all men, neither hath every soul pleasure in every thing.
29Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats:
30For excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler.
31By surfeiting have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 38
1Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.
2For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.
3The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.
4The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
5Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
6And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.
7With such doth he heal [men,] and taketh away their pains.
8Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,
9My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.
10Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.
11Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.
12Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.
13There is a time when in their hands there is good success.
14For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.
15He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.
16My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if thou hadst suffered great harm thyself; and then cover his body according to the custom, and neglect not his burial.
17Weep bitterly, and make great moan, and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and that a day or two, lest thou be evil spoken of: and then comfort thyself for thy heaviness.
18For of heaviness cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart breaketh strength.
19In affliction also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart.
20Take no heaviness to heart: drive it away, and member the last end.
21Forget it not, for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him good, but hurt thyself.
22Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to day for thee.
23When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his Spirit is departed from him.
24The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise.
25How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks?
26He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder.
27So every carpenter and workmaster, that laboureth night and day: and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work:
28The smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing that he maketh; he setteth his mind to finish his work, and watcheth to polish it perfectly:
29So doth the potter sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at his work, and maketh all his work by number;
30He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet; he applieth himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make clean the furnace:
31All these trust to their hands: and every one is wise in his work.
32Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down:
33They shall not be sought for in publick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judges' seat, nor understand the sentence of judgment: they cannot declare justice and judgment; and they shall not be found where parables are spoken.
34But they will maintain the state of the world, and [all] their desire is in the work of their craft.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 39
1But he that giveth his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies.
2He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also.
3He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables.
4He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men.
5He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.
6When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer.
7He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
8He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
9Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation.
10Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise.
11If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it.
12Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full.
13Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field:
14And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works.
15Magnify his name, and shew forth his praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising him ye shall say after this manner:
16All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season.
17And none may say, What is this? wherefore is that? for at time convenient they shall all be sought out: at his commandment the waters stood as an heap, and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters.
18At his commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when he will save.
19The works of all flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from his eyes.
20He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him.
21A man need not to say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath made all things for their uses.
22His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood.
23As he hath turned the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen inherit his wrath.
24As his ways are plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks unto the wicked.
25For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners.
26The principal things for the whole use of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing.
27All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil.
28There be spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of him that made them.
29Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance;
30Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction.
31They shall rejoice in his commandment, and they shall be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress his word.
32Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing.
33All the works of the Lord are good: and he will give every needful thing in due season.
34So that a man cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved.
35And therefore praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 40
1Great travail is created for every man, and an heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, from the day that they go out of their mother's womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things.
2Their imagination of things to come, and the day of death, [trouble] their thoughts, and [cause] fear of heart;
3From him that sitteth on a throne of glory, unto him that is humbled in earth and ashes;
4From him that weareth purple and a crown, unto him that is clothed with a linen frock.
5Wrath, and envy, trouble, and unquietness, fear of death, and anger, and strife, and in the time of rest upon his bed his night sleep, do change his knowledge.
6A little or nothing is his rest, and afterward he is in his sleep, as in a day of keeping watch, troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he were escaped out of a battle.
7When all is safe, he awaketh, and marvelleth that the fear was nothing.
8[Such things happen] unto all flesh, both man and beast, and that is sevenfold more upon sinners.
9Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine, tribulation, and the scourge;
10These things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood.
11All things that are of the earth shall turn to the earth again: and that which is of the waters doth return into the sea.
12All bribery and injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing shall endure for ever.
13The goods of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain.
14While he openeth his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors come to nought.
15The children of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but are as unclean roots upon a hard rock.
16The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river shall be pulled up before all grass.
17Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever.
18To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that findeth a treasure is above them both.
19Children and the building of a city continue a man's name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both.
20Wine and musick rejoice the heart: but the love of wisdom is above them both.
21The pipe and the psaltery make sweet melody: but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
22Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while it is green.
23A friend and companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife with her husband.
24Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both.
25Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.
26Riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help.
27The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above all glory.
28My son, lead not a beggar's life; for better it is to die than to beg.
29The life of him that dependeth on another man's table is not to be counted for a life; for he polluteth himself with other men's meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof.
30Begging is sweet in the mouth of the shameless: but in his belly there shall burn a fire.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 41
1O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things: yea, unto him that is yet able to receive meat!
2O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience!
3Fear not the sentence of death, remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh.
4And why art thou against the pleasure of the most High? there is no inquisition in the grave, whether thou have lived ten, or an hundred, or a thousand years.
5The children of sinners are abominable children, and they that are conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly.
6The inheritance of sinners' children shall perish, and their posterity shall have a perpetual reproach.
7The children will complain of an ungodly father, because they shall be reproached for his sake.
8Woe be unto you, ungodly men, which have forsaken the law of the most high God! for if ye increase, it shall be to your destruction:
9And if ye be born, ye shall be born to a curse: and if ye die, a curse shall be your portion.
10All that are of the earth shall turn to earth again: so the ungodly shall go from a curse to destruction.
11The mourning of men is about their bodies: but an ill name of sinners shall be blotted out.
12Have regard to thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a thousand great treasures of gold.
13A good life hath but few days: but a good name endureth for ever.
14My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is in them both?
15A man that hideth his foolishness is better than a man that hideth his wisdom.
16Therefore be shamefaced according to my word: for it is not good to retain all shamefacedness; neither is it altogether approved in every thing.
17Be ashamed of whoredom before father and mother: and of a lie before a prince and a mighty man;
18Of an offence before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a congregation and people; of unjust dealing before thy partner and friend;
19And of theft in regard of the place where thou sojournest, and in regard of the truth of God and his covenant; and to lean with thine elbow upon the meat; and of scorning to give and take;
20And of silence before them that salute thee; and to look upon an harlot;
21And to turn away thy face from thy kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift; or to gaze upon another man's wife.
22Or to be overbusy with his maid, and come not near her bed; or of upbraiding speeches before friends; and after thou hast given, upbraid not;
23Or of iterating and speaking again that which thou hast heard; and of revealing of secrets.
24So shalt thou be truly shamefaced and find favour before all men.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 42
1Of these things be not thou ashamed, and accept no person to sin thereby:
2Of the law of the most High, and his covenant; and of judgment to justify the ungodly;
3Of reckoning with thy partners and travellers; or of the gift of the heritage of friends;
4Of exactness of balance and weights; or of getting much or little;
5And of merchants' indifferent selling; of much correction of children; and to make the side of an evil servant to bleed.
6Sure keeping is good, where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many hands are.
7Deliver all things in number and weight; and put all in writing that thou givest out, or receivest in.
8Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the extreme aged that contendeth with those that are young: thus shalt thou be truly learned, and approved of all men living.
9The father waketh for the daughter, when no man knoweth; and the care for her taketh away sleep: when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age; and being married, lest she should be hated:
10In her virginity, lest she should be defiled and gotten with child in her father's house; and having an husband, lest she should misbehave herself; and when she is married, lest she should be barren.
11Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter, lest she make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among the people, and make thee ashamed before the multitude.
12Behold not every body's beauty, and sit not in the midst of women.
13For from garments cometh a moth, and from women wickedness.
14Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and reproach.
15I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works.
16The sun that giveth light looketh upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the Lord.
17The Lord hath not given power to the saints to declare all his marvellous works, which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that whatsoever is might be established for his glory.
18He seeketh out the deep, and the heart, and considereth their crafty devices: for the Lord knoweth all that may be known, and he beholdeth the signs of the world.
19He declareth the things that are past, and for to come, and revealeth the steps of hidden things.
20No thought escapeth him, neither any word is hidden from him.
21He hath garnished the excellent works of his wisdom, and he is from everlasting to everlasting: unto him may nothing be added, neither can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.
22Oh how desirable are all his works! and that a man may see even to a spark.
23All these things live and remain for ever for all uses, and they are all obedient.
24All things are double one against another: and he hath made nothing imperfect.
25One thing establisheth the good or another: and who shall be filled with beholding his glory?
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 43
1The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew;
2The sun when it appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High:
3At noon it parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof?
4A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapours, and sending forth bright beams, it dimmeth the eyes.
5Great is the Lord that made it; and at his commandment runneth hastily.
6He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.
7From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection.
8The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;
9The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.
10At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.
11Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof.
12It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it.
13By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall aplace, and sendeth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
14Through this the treasures are opened: and clouds fly forth as fowls.
15By his great power he maketh the clouds firm, and the hailstones are broken small.
16At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south wind bloweth.
17The noise of the thunder maketh the earth to tremble: so doth the northern storm and the whirlwind: as birds flying he scattereth the snow, and the falling down thereof is as the lighting of grasshoppers:
18The eye marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the raining of it.
19The hoarfrost also as salt he poureth on the earth, and being congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp stakes.
20When the cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into ice, it abideth upon every gathering together of water, and clotheth the water as with a breastplate.
21It devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass as fire.
22A present remedy of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming after heat refresheth.
23By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein.
24They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat.
25For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created.
26By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist.
27We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all.
28How shall we be able to magnify him? for he is great above all his works.
29The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power.
30When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when ye exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary; for ye can never go far enough.
31Who hath seen him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as he is?
32There are yet hid greater things than these be, for we have seen but a few of his works.
33For the Lord hath made all things; and to the godly hath he given wisdom.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 44
1Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
2The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.
3Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies:
4Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions:
5Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing:
6Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations:
7All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
8There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
9And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them.
10But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
11With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant.
12Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
13Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.
14Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.
15The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.
16Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations.
17Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange [for the world;] therefore was he left as a remnant unto the earth, when the flood came.
18An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood.
19Abraham was a great father of many people: in glory was there none like unto him;
20Who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him: he established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was proved, he was found faithful.
21Therefore he assured him by an oath, that he would bless the nations in his seed, and that he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, and exalt his seed as the stars, and cause them to inherit from sea to sea, and from the river unto the utmost part of the land.
22With Isaac did he establish likewise [for Abraham his father's sake] the blessing of all men, and the covenant, And made it rest upon the head of Jacob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, and gave him an heritage, and divided his portions; among the twelve tribes did he part them.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 45
1And he brought out of him a merciful man, which found favour in the sight of all flesh, even Moses, beloved of God and men, whose memorial is blessed.
2He made him like to the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him.
3By his words he caused the wonders to cease, and he made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for his people, and shewed him part of his glory.
4He sanctified him in his faithfuless and meekness, and chose him out of all men.
5He made him to hear his voice, and brought him into the dark cloud, and gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life and knowledge, that he might teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his judgments.
6He exalted Aaron, an holy man like unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Levi.
7An everlasting covenant he made with him and gave him the priesthood among the people; he beautified him with comely ornaments, and clothed him with a robe of glory.
8He put upon him perfect glory; and strengthened him with rich garments, with breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod.
9And he compassed him with pomegranates, and with many golden bells round about, that as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people;
10With an holy garment, with gold, and blue silk, and purple, the work of the embroidere, with a breastplate of judgment, and with Urim and Thummim;
11With twisted scarlet, the work of the cunning workman, with precious stones graven like seals, and set in gold, the work of the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a memorial, after the number of the tribes of Israel.
12He set a crown of gold upon the mitre, wherein was engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour, a costly work, the desires of the eyes, goodly and beautiful.
13Before him there were none such, neither did ever any stranger put them on, but only his children and his children's children perpetually.
14Their sacrifices shall be wholly consumed every day twice continually.
15Moses consecrated him, and anointed him with holy oil: this was appointed unto him by an everlasting covenant, and to his seed, so long as the heavens should remain, that they should minister unto him, and execute the office of the priesthood, and bless the people in his name.
16He chose him out of all men living to offer sacrifices to the Lord, incense, and a sweet savour, for a memorial, to make reconciliation for his people.
17He gave unto him his commandments, and authority in the statutes of judgments, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and inform Israel in his laws.
18Strangers conspired together against him, and maligned him in the wilderness, even the men that were of Dathan's and Abiron's side, and the congregation of Core, with fury and wrath.
19This the Lord saw, and it displeased him, and in his wrathful indignation were they consumed: he did wonders upon them, to consume them with the fiery flame.
20But he made Aaron more honourable, and gave him an heritage, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase; especially he prepared bread in abundance:
21For they eat of the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed.
22Howbeit in the land of the people he had no inheritance, neither had he any portion among the people: for the Lord himself is his portion and inheritance.
23The third in glory is Phinees the son of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of the Lord, and stood up with good courage of heart: when the people were turned back, and made reconciliation for Israel.
24Therefore was there a covenant of peace made with him, that he should be the chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and that he and his posterity should have the dignity of the priesthood for ever:
25According to the covenant made with David son of Jesse, of the tribe of Juda, that the inheritance of the king should be to his posterity alone: so the inheritance of Aaron should also be unto his seed.
26God give you wisdom in your heart to judge his people in righteousness, that their good things be not abolished, and that their glory may endure for ever.
The King James Bible Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 46
1Jesus the son a Nave was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose up against them, that he might set Israel in their inheritance.
2How great glory gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities!
3Who before him so stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his enemies unto him.
4Did not the sun go back by his means? and was not one day as long as two?
5He called upon the most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard him.
6And with hailstones of mighty power he made the battle to fall violently upon the nations, and in the descent [of Beth-horon] he destroyed them that resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One.
7In the time of Moses also he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring.
8And of six hundred thousand people on foot, they two were preserved to bring them in to the heritage, even unto the land that floweth with milk and honey.
9The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto his old age: so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an heritage:
10That all the children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord.
11And concerning the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a whoring, nor departed from the Lord, let their memory be blessed.
12Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of them that were honoured be continued upon their children.
13Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over his people.
14By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect unto Jacob.
15By his faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he was known to be faithful in vision.
16He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the sucking lamb.
17And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his voice to be heard.
18And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes cf the Philistines.
19And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe: and no man did accuse him.
20And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of the people.