The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 45:1–31

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Moses was beloved by God and men. The remembrance of him is a blessing.

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He made him like the holy ones in glory, and he magnified him by the fear of his enemies, and he appeased great portents by his words.

He made him like to the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him.

He glorified him in the sight of kings, and he gave commandments to him in the sight of his people, and he revealed his glory to him.

By his words he caused the wonders to cease, and he made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for his people, and shewed him part of his glory.

He made him holy by his faith and meekness, and he chose him from among all flesh.

He sanctified him in his faithfulness and meekness, and chose him out of all men.

For he heard him and his voice, and he led him into a cloud.

He made him to hear his voice, and brought him into the dark cloud, and gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life and knowledge, that he might teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his judgements.

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And he gave him precepts in his presence, with a law of life and discipline, so as to teach Jacob his covenant and Israel his judgments.

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He exalted his brother Aaron and those who were similar to him from the tribe of Levi.

Sir45:6  He exalted Aaron, an holy man like unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Levi.

He established an eternal covenant with him, and he gave him the priesthood of the people, and he caused him to be blessed in glory.

Sir45:7  An everlasting covenant he made with him and gave him the priesthood among the people; he beautified him with comely ornaments, and clothed him with a robe of glory.

And he encircled him with a glorious belt, and he clothed him with a robe of glory, and he crowned him with virtuous attire.

Sir45:8  He put upon him perfect glory; and strengthened him with rich garments, with breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod.

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10  He placed upon him a garment to the feet, and pants, and an ephod, and he wrapped him all around with many little bells of gold,

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11  so that there would be a sound at his arrival, and so as to make a noise that would be heard in the temple, as a memorial for the sons of his people.

Sir45:9  And he compassed him with pomegranates, and with many golden bells round about, that as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people;

12  He provided him with a holy robe of gold and hyacinth and purple, a woven work for a wise man of judgment and truth,

Sir45:10  With an holy garment, with gold, and blue silk, and purple, the work of the embroiderer, with a breastplate of judgement, and with Urim and Thummim;

13  a work of twisted scarlet, the work of an artist, with precious stones, cut and set in gold, and engraved by the work of a jeweler, as a memorial according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

Sir45:11  With twisted scarlet, the work of the cunning workman, with precious stones graven like seals, and set in gold, the work of the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a memorial, after the number of the tribes of Israel.

14  He provided him with a crown of gold upon his headdress, on which was written a symbol of holiness, a mark of honor. This was a work of virtue and a delight to the eyes in its beauty.

Sir45:12  He set a crown of gold upon the mitre, wherein was engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour, a costly work, the desires of the eyes, goodly and beautiful.

15  Prior to him, there was no one of such beauty, even from the beginning.

Sir45:13  Before him there were none such, neither did ever any stranger put them on, but only his children and his children’s children perpetually.

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16  No foreigner was ever clothed with these things, but only his sons and his descendents alone, for all time.

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17  His sacrifices were consumed by fire daily.

Sir45:14  Their sacrifices shall be wholly consumed every day twice continually.

18  Moses filled his hands and anointed him with holy oil.

Sir45:15  Moses consecrated him, and anointed him with holy oil: this was appointed unto him by an everlasting covenant, and to his seed, so long as the heavens should remain, that they should minister unto him, and execute the office of the priesthood, and bless the people in his name.

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19  An eternal covenant was made, with him and with his offspring, like the days of heaven, to execute the office of the priesthood, and to give praise and to glorify his people, in his name.

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20  He chose him from among all living men to offer to God sacrifice, incense, and a pleasing fragrance, as a memorial of appeasement on behalf of his people.

Sir45:16  He chose him out of all men living to offer sacrifices to the Lord, incense, and a sweet savour, for a memorial, to make reconciliation for his people.

21  And he gave him authority by his precepts, in the covenants of his judgments, to teach Jacob his testimonies, and to give light by his law to Israel.

Sir45:17  He gave unto him his commandments, and authority in the statutes of judgements, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and inform Israel in his laws.

22  Then strangers stood up against him, and, because of envy, the men who were with Dathan and Abiram surrounded him in the desert, along with the congregation of Korah, in their anger.

Sir45:18  Strangers conspired together against him, and maligned him in the wilderness, even the men that were of Dathan’s and Abiron’s side, and the congregation of Core, with fury and wrath.

23  The Lord God saw this, and it did not please him, and so they were consumed by the force of his anger.

Sir45:19  This the Lord saw, and it displeased him, and in his wrathful indignation were they consumed: he did wonders upon them, to consume them with the fiery flame.

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24  He wrought great portents among them, and he consumed them with a flame of fire.

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25  And he added glory to Aaron, and he gave him an inheritance, and he allotted to him the first-fruits of the earth.

Sir45:20  But he made Aaron more honourable, and gave him an heritage, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase; especially he prepared bread in abundance

26  He prepared for them the finest bread unto fullness. And they shall also eat from the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave to him and to his offspring.

Sir45:21  For they eat of the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed.

27  And yet he will not have an inheritance among the people of the land, and he has no portion among the people. For the Lord himself is his portion and his inheritance.

Sir45:22  Howbeit in the land of the people he had no inheritance, neither had he any portion among the people: for the Lord himself is his portion and inheritance.

28  Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, is third in glory, by imitating him in the fear of the Lord.

Sir45:23  The third in glory is Phinees the son of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of the Lord, and stood up with good courage of heart: when the people were turned back, and made reconciliation for Israel.

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29  And he stood up against the shamefulness of the people. By the goodness and responsiveness of his soul, he appeased God on behalf of Israel.

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30  For this reason, he made him a covenant of peace, a leader of the sanctuary and of his people, so that the dignity of the priesthood would remain with him and with his offspring unto eternity.

Sir45:24  Therefore was there a covenant of peace made with him, that he should be the chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and that he and his posterity should have the dignity of the priesthood for ever

31  And he made a covenant with king David, the son of Jesse from the tribe of Judah, an inheritance for him and for his offspring, so that he might provide wisdom for our hearts, so as to judge his people in justice, lest their good things be abolished. And he caused their glory within their nation to be everlasting.

25  According to the covenant made with David son of Jesse, of the tribe of Juda, that the inheritance of the king should be to his posterity alone: so the inheritance of Aaron should also be unto his seed.

26  God give you wisdom in your heart to judge his people in righteousness, that their good things be not abolished, and that their glory may endure for ever.