|He who keeps the law makes many offerings;|
|he who heeds the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.|
|He who returns a kindness offers fine flour,|
|and he who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering.|
|To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord, |
and to forsake unrighteousness is atonement.
|Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed,|
|for all these things are to be done because of the commandment.|
|The offering of a righteous man anoints the altar, |
and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High.
|The sacrifice of a righteous man is acceptable, |
and the memory of it will not be forgotten.
|Glorify the Lord generously, |
and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
|With every gift show a cheerful face, |
and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
|Give to the Most High as he has given, |
and as generously as your hand has found.
|For the Lord is the one who repays, |
and he will repay you sevenfold.
|God's justice. Sir.35.13-20|
|Do not offer him a bribe, |
for he will not accept it;
|and do not trust to an unrighteous sacrifice; |
for the Lord is the judge, and with him is no partiality.
|He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man; |
and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.
|He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless, |
nor the widow when she pours out her story.
|Do not the tears of the widow run down her cheek|
|as she cries out against him who has caused them to fall?|
|He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, |
and his prayer will reach to the clouds.
|The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, |
and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord;
he will not desist until the Most High visits him,
|and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgment. |
And the Lord will not delay, neither will he be patient with them,
till he crushes the loins of the unmerciful
|and repays vengeance on the nations; |
till he takes away the multitude of the insolent,
and breaks the scepters of the unrighteous;
|till he repays the man according to his deeds, |
and the works of men according to their devices;
|till he judges the case of his people |
and makes them rejoice in his mercy.
|Mercy is as welcome when he afflicts them |
as clouds of rain in the time of drought.
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