The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 47:2–11


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.