The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 44:1–15


Let us praise the men of glory, and our ancestors in their generation.

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.

The Lord has wrought great glory, by his own magnificence, from ancient times.

The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.

There are those who rule with their authority, men of great virtue, who are gifted with prudence. There are those who announce among the prophets, with the dignity of prophets.

Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies

And there are those who rule over the present generation, by the virtue of prudence, with very holy words for the people.

Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions

There are those who, by their skill, compose musical themes, so as to set the verses of Scripture to music.

Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing

There are men rich in virtue, who make a study of beauty, who live in peacefulness in their houses.

Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations


All these obtained glory in their generations, and they had praise in their days.


They left behind a name for those who were born of them, so that their praises might be described.

There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.

But for some of them, there is no memorial. They have passed away as if they had never existed; and they have become as if they had never been born, and their sons along with them.

And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them.


10  But these were men of mercy, whose pious deeds have not failed.


11  Good things continue with their offspring.

11  With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant.

12  Their descendents are a holy inheritance, and their offspring stand firm in the covenants.

12  Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.

13  And because of them, their sons remain even unto eternity. Their offspring and their glory will not be forsaken.

13  Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.


14  Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives on, from generation to generation.


15  Let the people declare their wisdom, and let the Church announce their praise.

15  The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.