The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 44:19–21

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19  The covenants of the world were placed with him, so that all flesh would not be wiped away by the great flood.

Sir44:18  An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood.

20  Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and no one was found to be like him in glory. He observed the law of the Most High, and he formed a covenant with him.

Sir44:19  Abraham was a great father of many people: in glory was there none like unto him;

21  In his flesh, he caused the covenant to stand, and when tested, he was found to be faithful.

Sir44:20  Who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him: he established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was proved, he was found faithful.