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Sirach 44 : 1 - 27

Chapter 44

1Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation.
2The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning.
3Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets,
4And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words.
5Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
6Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses.
7All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days.
8They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related:
9And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them.
10But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
11Good things continue with their seed,
12Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants.
13And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken.
14Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation.
15Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
16Henoch pleased God, and was translated into paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.
17Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation.
18Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth, when the flood came.
19The covenants of the world were made with him, that all flesh should no more be destroyed with the hood.
20Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him.
21In his flesh he established the covenant, and in temptation he was found faithful.
22Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his posterity, that he should increase as the dust of the earth,
23And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and they should inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
24And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of Abraham his father.
25The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed his covenant upon the head of Jacob.
26He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
27And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found grace in the eyes of all flesh.

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