The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 50:22–24

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22  Then, descending, he extended his hands over the entire congregation of the sons of Israel, to give glory to God from his lips, and to glory in his name.

Sir50:20  Then he went down, and lifted up his hands over the whole congregation of the children of Israel, to give the blessing of the Lord with his lips, and to rejoice in his name.

23  And he repeated his prayer, wanting to reveal the virtue of God.

Sir50:21  And they bowed themselves down to worship the second time, that they might receive a blessing from the most High.

24  And now, pray to the God of all, who has accomplished great things over all the earth, who has increased our days from our mother’s womb, and who has acted toward us in accord with his mercy.

Sir50:22  Now therefore bless ye the God of all, which only doeth wondrous things every where, which exalteth our days from the womb, and dealeth with us according to his mercy.