The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 41:1–4

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O death, how bitter is the memory of you: to a man who has peace in his substance,

O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things: yea, unto him that is yet able to receive meat!

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to a quiet man, and to him whose ways are directed properly in all things, and who still has the strength to take nourishment.

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O death, your judgment is good to the indigent man, and to him whose strength has diminished,

Sir41:2  O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience!

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who is failing due to old age, and who is anxious about all things, and to the unbelieving man who has lost patience.