The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 46:7–10


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.