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Sirach 36

36 a bSave usb, cO God of allc,

dAnd castd Thy fear upon all the nationse.

fShake Thy handf against gthe strange peopleg,

And let them see hThy powerh.

As Thou hast sanctified Thyself in us before them,

So iglorify Thyselfi jin themj before us;

That they may knowk, as we also know,

That there is none other God but Theel.

Renew mthe signsm, and repeat mthe wondersm,

(7) Make Hand and nRight Armn glorious.

7(8) Waken indignation and pour out wrath,

(9) oSubdueo the foe and pexpelp the enemy.

8(10) Hasten qthe ‘end’q and rordain the ‘appointed time’r,

sFor who may say to Thee: What doest Thou?s

G 9(11) tLet uhim that escapethu vbe devouredv in the wglowing firew,

And may Thy people’s xwrongersx yfind destructiony!

H 10(12) Make an end of zthe head of the enemy’s princesz

That saith: There is none beside me!

11a (G 33. 13a) Gather all the tribes of Jacoba,

11b (16b) bThat they may receive their inheritanceb cas in the days of oldc.

12(17) Compassionate dthe peopled that is called by Thy name,

Israel, ewhom Thou didst surname Firstborne.

13(18) Compassionate Thy holy city,

Jerusalem, fthe place of Thy dwellingf.

14(19) Fill Sion gwith Thy majestyg,

And hThy Templeh with Thy glory.

15(20) Give testimony ito the first of Thy worksi,

And establish jthe vision spoken in Thy namej.

16(21) Give reward to them that wait for Thee,

That Thy prophets may be proved trustworthy.

HB 17(22) Thou wilt heark the prayer lof Thy servantsl,

mAccording to Thy good favourm towards nThy peoplen:

That oall the ends of the eartho may know

pThat Thou art the eternal Godp.

(a) 36:18–20 (23–25). Moral discernment the fruit of experience

(= 3 distichs).

18(23) qEvery meat doth rthe bellyr eat,

Yet is sone meat more pleasant than anothers.

HC 19(24) The palate tasteth tthe dainties that are bestowedt,

And the discerning heart ttthe dainties of falsehoodtt.

20(25) uA deceitful heartu produceth sorrow,

But an experienced man vwardeth it offv.

(b) 36:21–26 (26–31). Concerning women

(= 3 + 2 + 2 distichs).

HB 21(26) wA woman will receive any man,

xYet is one woman more pleasant than anotherx.

HB 22(27) The beauty of a woman brighteneth the countenancey,

And excels every zdelight of the eyez.

23(28) zzWhen she possesseth also aa soothing tonguea,

Her husband is not (like other) sons of men.

HB D 24(29) bHe that gettethb a wifebb(getteth) the choicest possessionbb,

cA help meet for himc, and da pillar of supportd.

25(30) Without a hedge the vineyard is laid waste,

And without a wife (a man is) dda wanderer and homelessdd.

26(31) Who trusteth ean armed bande

fThat rushethf from city to city?

So is the man that hath no gnestg,

Who resteth where evening befalls him.

(c) 37:1–6. Of friendship, good and bad

(= 3+3 distichs).

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