The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 40:12–17

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12  All bribery and iniquity will be wiped away, but faith shall stand forever.

12  All bribery and injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing shall endure for ever.

13  The substance of the unjust will dry up like a river, and will pass away with a noise like loud thunder in a rainstorm.

13  The goods of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain.

14  When he opens his hands, he will rejoice. So will transgressors pass away at the consummation.

14  While he openeth his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors come to nought.

15  The descendents of the impious will not produce many branches, for they may be compared to dirty roots at the edge of a rock.

15  The children of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but are as unclean roots upon a hard rock.

16  The weeds, which grow above every water and beside the banks of the river, will be uprooted before all the grass.

16  The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river shall be pulled up before all grass.

17  Grace is like a paradise of blessings, and mercy continues for eternity.

17  Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever.