50 The leader of his brothers and the pride of his peoplea
was the high priest, Simon son of Onias,
who in his life repaired the house,
and in his time fortified the temple.
the high retaining walls for the temple enclosure.
3 In his days a water cistern was dug,b
a reservoir like the sea in circumference.
and fortified the city against siege.
as he came out of the house of the curtain.
like the full moon at the festal season;c
like the rainbow gleaming in splendid clouds;
like lilies by a spring of water,
like a green shoot on Lebanon on a summer day;
like a vessel of hammered gold
studded with all kinds of precious stones;
and like a cypress towering in the clouds.
and clothed himself in perfect splendor,
when he went up to the holy altar,
he made the court of the sanctuary glorious.
as he stood by the hearth of the altar
with a garland of brothers around him,
he was like a young cedar on Lebanon
surrounded by the trunks of palm trees.
held the Lord’s offering in their hands
before the whole congregation of Israel.
14 Finishing the service at the altars,d
and arranging the offering to the Most High, the Almighty,
and poured a drink offering of the blood of the grape;
he poured it out at the foot of the altar,
a pleasing odor to the Most High, the king of all.
they blew their trumpets of hammered metal;
they sounded a mighty fanfare
as a reminder before the Most High.
fell to the ground on their faces
to worship their Lord,
the Almighty, God Most High.
in sweet and full-toned melody.e
their prayers before the Merciful One,
until the order of worship of the Lord was ended,
and they completed his ritual.
20 Then Simonf came down and raised his hands
over the whole congregation of Israelites,
to pronounce the blessing of the Lord with his lips,
and to glory in his name;
to receive the blessing from the Most High.
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