The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 46:1–6


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.