The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 49:4–10

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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.

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

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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.

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