The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 48:1–11

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And the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.

Then stood up Elias the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.

He brought a famine upon them, and those who provoked him in their envy became few. For they could not bear the precepts of the Lord.

He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number.

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By the word of the Lord, he closed the heavens, and he brought down fire from heaven three times.

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In this way, Elijah was magnified in his wondrous works. So who can say that he is similar to you in glory?

O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy wondrous deeds! and who may glory like unto thee!

He raised up a dead man from the grave, from the fate of death, by the word of the Lord God.

Who didst raise up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the most High

He threw down kings unto perdition, and he easily shattered their power and boasting from his bed.

Who broughtest kings to destruction, and honourably men from their bed

He heeded the judgment at Sinai, and the judgments of punishment at Horeb.

Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the judgement of vengeance

He anointed kings unto repentance, and he chose the prophets who would follow after him.

Who anointedst kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him

He was received into a whirlwind of fire, into a swift chariot with fiery horses.

Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses

10  He is written in the judgments of the times, so as to lessen the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.

10  Who wast ordained for reproofs in their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord’s judgement, before it brake forth into fury, and to turn the heart of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.

11  Blessed are those who saw you, and who were adorned with your friendship.

11  Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall surely live.