The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 2:1–18


Son, when you apply yourself to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare your soul for temptation.

My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.

Humble your heart, and persevere. Incline your ear, and accept words of understanding. And you should not hurry away in the time of distress.

Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.

Endure steadfastly for God. Join yourself to God, and persevere, so that your life may increase in the very end.

Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.

Accept everything that will happened to you, and persevere in your sorrow, and have patience in your humiliation.

Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.

For gold and silver are tested in fire, yet truly, acceptable men are tested in the furnace of humiliation.

For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.

Believe God, and he will restore you to health. And straighten your way, and hope in him. Observe his fear, and grow old in it.

Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.

You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy. And do not turn away from him, lest you fall.

Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.

You who fear the Lord, believe in him. And your reward will not be taken away.

Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.

You who fear the Lord, hope in him. And mercy will approach you, to your delight.

Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.


10  You who fear the Lord, love him. And your hearts will be illuminated.


11  My sons, consider the nations of men, and know that not one of them hoped in the Lord and was confounded.

Sir2:10  Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?


12  For who has remained in his commandment and been abandoned? Or who has called upon him, and yet he despised him?


13  For God is upright and merciful, and he will forgive sins in the day of tribulation. And he is the Protector to all those who seek him in truth.

Sir2:11  For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.

14  Woe to the duplicitous heart, and to the wicked lips, and to the hands that do evil, and to the sinner who walks the earth by two ways!

Sir2:12  Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!

15  Woe to the dissolute in heart, who do not trust God! For, as a result, they will not be protected by him.

Sir2:13  Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.

16  Woe to those who have lost endurance, and who have abandoned upright ways, and who have turned aside to depraved ways!

Sir2:14  Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?


17  And what will they do when the Lord begins to examine them?


18  Those who fear the Lord will not be unbelieving toward his Word. And those who love him will keep to his way.

Sir2:15  They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways.