The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 2:19–23

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19  Those who fear the Lord will seek the things that are well-pleasing to him. And those who love him will be filled with his law.

Sir2:16  They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.

20  Those who fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and they will sanctify their souls in his sight.

Sir2:17  They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,

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21  Those who fear the Lord keep his commandments, and they will have patience even until his examination,

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22  saying: “If we do not do penance, then we will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men.”

Sir2:18  Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.

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23  For according to his greatness, so also is his mercy with him.