The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 47:1–31


After these things, Nathan the prophet arose, in the days of David.

And after him rose up Nathan to prophesy in the time of David.

And just as fat is separated from meat, so was David separated from the sons of Israel.

As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.

He played with lions, as if with lambs, and he acted similarly with bears, as if they were lambs of the flock, in his youth.

He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.

Did he not kill the giant, and take away the reproach from his people?

Slew he not a giant, when he was yet but young? and did he not take away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath?


By lifting up his hand, with a stone in a sling, he threw down the boasting of Goliath.


For he called upon the Almighty Lord, and he swore with his right hand to take away the mighty man of war, and to exalt the horn of his people.


So he glorified him amid ten thousand, and he praised him with the blessings of the Lord, by offering him a crown of glory.

Sir47:6  So the people honoured him with ten thousands, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of glory.

For he crushed the enemies on every side, and he eradicated his adversaries, the Philistines, even to this day. He broke their horn, even for all time.

Sir47:7  For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought to nought the Philistines his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunder unto this day.

In all his works, he gave thanks to the Holy One, to the Most High, with words of glory.

Sir47:8  In all his works he praised the Holy One most high with words of glory; with his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him that made him.


10  With all his heart, he praised the Lord and he loved God, who made him and who gave him power against his enemies.


11  And he appointed singers to stand opposite the altar, and by their voices he provided sweet music.

Sir47:9  He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices they might make sweet melody, and daily sing praises in their songs.

12  And he provided beauty for the celebrations, and he gave order to the times, even until the end of his life, so that they would praise the holy name of the Lord, and magnify the sanctity of God, from early morning.

Sir47:10  He beautified their feasts, and set in order the solemn times until the end, that they might praise his holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning.

13  The Lord purged his sins, and he exalted his horn forever. And he gave him the covenant of the kingdom, and a throne of glory in Israel.

Sir47:11  The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: he gave him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel.

14  After him, an understanding son rose up. And by means of him, he cast down all the power of the enemies.

Sir47:12  After him rose up a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large.

15  Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God subjected all his enemies to him, so that he might build a house in his name, and prepare a sanctuary for all time. O how well-taught you were in your youth!

Sir47:13  Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honoured; for God made all quiet round about him, that he might build an house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary for ever.

16  And you were filled with wisdom like a river, and your mind exposed the world.

Sir47:14  How wise wast thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding!

17  And you explained mysteries by means of parables. Your name became known to far off islands, and you were beloved for your peace.

15  Thy soul covered the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark parables.

16  Thy name went far unto the islands; and for thy peace thou wast beloved.


18  The earth was in wonder over your canticles, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations,


19  and over the name of the Lord God, who is known as the God of Israel.

Sir47:18  By the name of the Lord God, which is called the Lord God of Israel, thou didst gather gold as tin and didst multiply silver as lead.


20  You gathered gold like copper, and you multiplied silver like lead.


21  But you bent your thigh to women, and you were held by the power of your body.

Sir47:19  Thou didst bow thy loins unto women, and by thy body thou wast brought into subjection.

22  You brought a stain upon your glory, and you profaned your seed, so as to bring wrath upon your children, and to incite your foolishness,

Sir47:20  Thou didst stain thy honour, and pollute thy seed: so that thou broughtest wrath upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy folly.

23  so that you would cause the kingdom to be divided, and an obstinate kingdom to rule from Ephraim.

Sir47:21  So the kingdom was divided, and out of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom.

24  But God will not abandon his mercy, nor will he corrupt or abolish his own works. And he will not perish the stock of the descendents of his elect. And he will not destroy the offspring of him who loves the Lord.

Sir47:22  But the Lord will never leave off his mercy, neither shall any of his works perish, neither will he abolish the posterity of his elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he will not take away: wherefore he gave a remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root unto David.


25  Therefore, he left behind a remnant for Jacob and for David, from the same stock.


26  And Solomon had his end with his fathers.

Sir47:23  Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, and of his seed he left behind him Roboam, even the foolishness of the people, and one that had no understanding, who turned away the people through his counsel. There was also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way of sin


27  And he left behind himself some of his offspring, as the folly of the nation

28  both Rehoboam, who had little prudence, and who turned away the people by his counsel,


29  and Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and who provided a way of sin to Ephraim. And their sins were multiplied exceedingly.

Sir47:24  And their sins were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven out of the land.


30  They thoroughly turned them away from their own land.


31  And they sought every kind of wickedness, even until punishment overwhelmed them, and freed them from every kind of sin.

Sir47:25  For they sought out all wickedness, till the vengeance came upon them.