The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 46:1–23


Joshua, the son of Nun, was valiant in warfare; he was the successor of Moses among the prophets. He was great in accord with his name,

Jesus the son a Nave was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose up against them, that he might set Israel in their inheritance.

very great in the saving the elect of God. He fought against the insurgent enemies, so that he might obtain the inheritance for Israel.

How great glory gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities!

What great glory he secured, by lifting up his hands and throwing his spears against the cities!

Who before him so stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his enemies unto him.

Who before him has stood so firmly? For the Lord himself led forward the enemies.

Did not the sun go back by his means? and was not one day as long as two?

Was not the sun halted by his wrath, and one day made as if two?

He called upon the most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard him.

He called upon the Most High Power, when the enemies assailed him on every side. And the great and holy God answered him with hailstones of exceedingly great force.

And with hailstones of mighty power he made the battle to fall violently upon the nations, and in the descent of Beth-horon he destroyed them that resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One.


He made a violent assault against a hostile nation, and at his descent, he destroyed his adversaries,

so that the nations would acknowledge his power: that it is not easy to fight against God. And he followed the Almighty.


And in the days of Moses, he accomplished a work of mercy. He and Caleb, the son of Jephuneh, stood against the enemy, and forbid the people from sin, and broke their wicked murmuring.

Sir46:7  In the time of Moses also he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring.

10  And these two, having been appointed, were freed from peril, from foot soldiers numbering six hundred thousand, so as to lead them into their inheritance, into a land flowing with milk and honey.

Sir46:8  And of six hundred thousand people on foot, they two were preserved to bring them in to the heritage, even unto the land that floweth with milk and honey.

11  And the Lord gave strength to Caleb also, and his strength remained even in his old age, so that he ascended to the high places of the land, and his offspring obtained it as an inheritance.

Sir46:9  The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto his old age: so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an heritage

12  This was so that all the sons of Israel would see that it is good to obey the holy God.

Sir46:10  That all the children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord.

13  Then there were the judges, each one called by name, whose heart was not corrupted. They did not turn away from the Lord,

Sir46:11  And concerning the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a whoring, nor departed from the Lord, let their memory be blessed.

14  so that their memory might be blessed, and their bones might spring forth from their place,

Sir46:12  Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of them that were honoured be continued upon their children.


15  and their name might remain forever, continuing in their sons, holy men of glory.


16  Samuel, prophet of the Lord, beloved by the Lord his God, established a new government, and he anointed leaders over his people.

Sir46:13  Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over his people.

17  By the law of the Lord, he judged the congregation, and the God of Jacob saw it, and so, by his fidelity, he was proven to be a prophet.

Sir46:14  By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect unto Jacob.

18  And he was known to be faithful in his words. For he saw the God of light.

Sir46:15  By his faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he was known to be faithful in vision.

19  And when fighting against the enemies, who stood against him on every side, he called upon the name of the Almighty Lord, with an offering of an inviolate lamb.

Sir46:16  He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the sucking lamb.


20  And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise, he made his voice to be heard.


21  And he crushed the leaders of the Tyrians, and all the commanders of the Philistines.

Sir46:18  And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes of the Philistines.

22  And before the time of the end of his life in the world, he offered testimony in the sight of the Lord and of his Christ, that he had not taken a bribe from any flesh, not even so much as a shoe, and that no man made an accusation against him.

Sir46:19  And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man’s goods, so much as a shoe: and no man did accuse him.

23  And after this, he slept. And he made known to the king and revealed to him the end of his life. And he lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to abolish the impiety of the people.

Sir46:20  And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of the people.