The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 48:17–21

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17  And there was left behind a people very few in number, but with a leader in the house of David.

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18  Some of these did what pleased God. But others committed many sins.

Sir48:16  Of whom some did that which was pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins.

19  Hezekiah fortified his city, and he brought water into its midst, and he dug into rock with iron, and he built a well for water.

Sir48:17  Ezekias fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst thereof: he digged the hard rock with iron, and made wells for waters.

20  In his days, Sennacherib rose up, and he sent Rabshakeh, and he lifted up his hand against them, and he extended his hand against Zion, and he became arrogant in his power.

Sir48:18  In his time Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against Sion, and boasted proudly.

21  Then their hearts and hands shook. And they were in pain, like women giving birth.

Sir48:19  Then trembled their hearts and hands, and they were in pain, as women in travail.