The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 36:1–22


O God of all, take pity on us, and look with favor on us, and show us the light of your compassion.

Sir36:Sir33:1  Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us

And send your fear upon the Gentiles, who have not sought you, so that they may acknowledge that there is no God except you, and so that they may declare your great deeds.

And send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee.

Lift up your hand over unbelieving nations, so that they may see your power.

Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, and let them see thy power.

For just as, in their sight, you have been sanctified in us, so also, in our sight, you will be magnified in them.

As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us.

So may they know you, as we also have known you. For there is no God apart from you, O Lord.

And let them know thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God but only thou, O God.

Renew your signs, and work new wonders.

Glorify your hand and your right arm.

Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works.

Stir up your fury, and pour out your wrath.

Take away our adversary, and afflict our enemy.

Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy.

Hasten the time, and remember the end, so that they may declare your miracles.

Sake the time short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy wonderful works.

Let those who escape be devoured by the wrath of fire. And let those who harass your people find perdition.

Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish that oppress the people.

10  Crush the head of the leaders of the enemies, for they say: “There is no other beside us.”

10  Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say, There is none other but we.

11  Gather together all the tribes of Jacob, so that they may acknowledge that there is no God except you, and so that they may declare your great deeds. And you will inherit them, as from the beginning.

11  Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as from the beginning.


12  A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.


14  Take pity on your people, over whom your name has been invoked, and on Israel, whom you have treated as your firstborn.

15  Take pity on Jerusalem, the city of your sanctification, the city of your rest.

16  Fill Zion with your ineffable words, and fill your people with your glory.

17  Give testimony to those who have been your creations from the beginning, and lift up the prophecies which the former prophets spoke in your name.

18  Give a reward to those who endure for you, so that your prophets may be found to be faithful. And heed the prayers of your servants,

19  in accord with the blessing of Aaron over your people. And direct us in the way of justice, and let all who inhabit the earth know that you are God, the Beholder of all ages.

20  The belly can devour any food, yet one meal is better than another.

21  The palate tests the meat of wild animals, and the understanding heart tests false words.

22  A corrupt heart will cause grief, and a man of experience will resist it.