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14 Do not be willing to offer corrupt gifts. For he will not accept them.
Sir35:Sir32:12 Do not think to corrupt with gifts; for such he will not receive: and trust not to unrighteous sacrifices; for the Lord is judge, and with him is no respect of persons.
15 And do not be willing to consider an unjust sacrifice. For the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no favoritism toward anyone.
16 The Lord will not accept favoritism against the poor, but he will heed the prayer of one who has been harmed.
Sir35:Sir32:13 He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.
17 He will not despise the prayers of the orphan, nor of the widow, if she utters a lamenting complaint.
18 Do a widow’s tears not run down her cheek? And will her outcry not cause their downfall?
Sir35:Sir32:15 Do not the tears run down the widow’s cheeks? and is not her cry against him that causeth them to fall?
19 For from her cheek, her tears ascend even to heaven. And the Lord, the One who listens, will not take delight in them.
20 Whoever adores God with joy will be accepted, and his prayer will reach even to the clouds.
Sir35:Sir32:16 He that serveth the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his prayer shall reach unto the clouds.
21 The prayer of one who humbles himself will pierce the clouds. And it will not be consoled until it draws near; and it will not withdraw until the Most High beholds.
Sir35:Sir32:17 The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds: and till it come nigh, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, till the most High shall behold to judge righteously, and execute judgement.
22 And the Lord will not delay, and he will judge for those who are just, and he will accomplish judgment. And the Almighty will not have patience with them, so that he may crush their back.
Sir35:Sir32:18 For the Lord will not be slack, neither will the Mighty be patient toward them, till he have smitten in sunder the loins of the unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the heathen; till he have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of the unrighteous;
23 And he will repay vengeance to the Gentiles, until he has taken away the multitude of the arrogant, and broken the scepters of the iniquitous,
24 until he has rendered to men according to their deeds, and according to the works of Adam, and according to his presumption,
Sir35:Sir32:19 Till he have rendered to every man according to his deeds, and to the works of men according to their devices; till he have judged the cause of his people, and made them to rejoice in his mercy.
25 until he has judged the judgment of his people. And he will delight the just with his mercy.
26 The mercy of God is beautiful in the time of tribulation, like a rain cloud in the time of drought.
Sir35:Sir32:20 Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought.