The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 49:4–10


And he guided his heart toward the Lord. And during the days of sinners, he strengthened piety.

Sir49:3  He directed his heart unto the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly he established the worship of God.

Other than David, and Hezekiah, and Josiah, everyone committed sin.

Sir49:4  All, except David and Ezekias and Josias, were defective: for they forsook the law of the most High, even the kings of Juda failed.


For the kings of Judah abandoned the law of the Most High, and they held contempt for the fear of God.


For they gave their kingdom to foreigners, and their glory to a strange people.

Sir49:5  Therefore he gave their power unto others, and their glory to a strange nation.

They set fire to the chosen city of sanctity, and they made its streets desolate, in accord with the hand of Jeremiah.

Sir49:6  They burnt the chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, according to the prophecy of Jeremias.

For they treated him wickedly, though he was consecrated as a prophet from his mother’s womb: to overthrow, and to root out, and to destroy, and also to rebuild and to renew.

Sir49:7  For they entreated him evil, who nevertheless was a prophet, sanctified in his mother’s womb, that he might root out, and afflict, and destroy; and that he might build up also, and plant.


10  It was Ezekiel who saw a vision of glory, which was revealed to him with the chariot of the Cherubim.