|Do not desire a multitude of useless children, |
nor rejoice in ungodly sons.
|God's punishment on sinners. Sir.16.1-23|
|If they multiply , do not rejoice in them, |
unless the fear of the Lord is in them.
|Do not trust in their survival, |
and do not rely on their multitude;
for one is better than a thousand,
and to die childless is better than to have ungodly children.
|For through one man of understanding a city will be filled with people, |
but through a tribe of lawless men it will be made desolate.
|Many such things my eye has seen, |
and my ear has heard things more striking than these.
|In an assembly of sinners a fire will be kindled, |
and in a disobedient nation wrath was kindled.
|He was not propitiated for the ancient giants |
who revolted in their might.
|He did not spare the neighbors of Lot, |
whom he loathed on account of their insolence.
|He showed no pity for a nation devoted to destruction, |
for those destroyed in their sins;
|nor for the six hundred thousand men on foot, |
who rebelliously assembled in their stubbornness.
|Even if there is only one stiff-necked person, |
it will be a wonder if he remains unpunished.
For mercy and wrath are with the Lord;
he is mighty to forgive, and he pours out wrath.
|As great as his mercy, so great is also his reproof; |
he judges a man according to his deeds.
|The sinner will not escape with his plunder, |
and the patience of the godly will not be frustrated.
|He will make room for every act of mercy; |
every one will receive in accordance with his deeds.
|Do not say, "I shall be hidden from the Lord, |
and who from on high will remember me?
Among so many people I shall not be known,
for what is my soul in the boundless creation?
|Behold, heaven and the highest heaven, |
the abyss and the earth, will tremble at his visitation.
|The mountains also and the foundations of the earth |
shake with trembling when he looks upon them.
|And no mind will reflect on this. |
Who will ponder his ways?
|Like a tempest which no man can see, |
so most of his works are concealed.
|Who will announce his acts of justice? |
Or who will await them? For the covenant is far off."
|This is what one devoid of understanding thinks; |
a senseless and misguided man thinks foolishly.
|Listen to me, my son, and acquire knowledge, |
and pay close attention to my words.
|Wisdom in creation. Sir.16.24-17.14|
|I will impart instruction by weight, |
and declare knowledge accurately.
|The works of the Lord have existed from the beginning by his creation, |
and when he made them, he determined their divisions.
|He arranged his works in an eternal order, |
and their dominion for all generations;
they neither hunger nor grow weary,
and they do not cease from their labors.
|They do not crowd one another aside, |
and they will never disobey his word.
|After this the Lord looked upon the earth, |
and filled it with his good things;
|with all kinds of living beings he covered its surface, |
and to it they return.
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