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Sirach 44

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Sirach 44

1Let us now praise famous men,

and our fathers in their generations.

2The Lord apportioned to thema great glory,

his majesty from the beginning.

3There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,

and were men renowned for their power,

giving counsel by their understanding,

and proclaiming prophecies;

4leaders of the people in their deliberations

and in understanding of learning for the people,

wise in their words of instruction;

5those who composed musical tunes,

and set forth verses in writing;

6rich men furnished with resources,

living peaceably in their habitations-

7all these were honored in their generations,

and were the glory of their times.

8There are some of them who have left a name,

so that men declare their praise.

9And there are some who have no memorial,

who have perished as though they had not lived;

they have become as though they had not been born,

and so have their children after them.

10But these were men of mercy,

whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;

11their prosperity will remain with their descendants,

and their inheritance to their children's children.b

12Their descendants stand by the covenants;

their children also, for their sake.

13Their posterity will continue for ever,

and their glory will not be blotted out.

14Their bodies were buried in peace,

and their name lives to all generations.

15Peoples will declare their wisdom,

and the congregation proclaims their praise.


16Enoch pleased the Lord, and was taken up;

he was an example of repentance to all generations.


17Noah was found perfect and righteous;

in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange;

therefore a remnant was left to the earth

when the flood came.

18Everlasting covenants were made with him

that all flesh should not be blotted out by a flood.


19Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations,

and no one has been found like him in glory;

20he kept the law of the Most High,

and was taken into covenant with him;

he established the covenant in his flesh,

and when he was tested he was found faithful.

21Therefore the Lordc assured him by an oath

that the nations would be blessed through his posterity;

that he would multiply him like the dust of the earth,

and exalt his posterity like the stars,

and cause them to inherit from sea to sea

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Isaac and Jacob

22To Isaac also he gave the same assurance

for the sake of Abraham his father.

23The blessing of all men and the covenant

he made to rest upon the head of Jacob;

he acknowledged him with his blessings,

and gave him his inheritance;d

he determined his portions,

and distributed them among twelve tribes.