|Have mercy upon us, O Lord, the God of all, and look upon us,||A prayer for Israel. Sir.36.1-17|
|and cause the fear of thee to fall upon all the nations.|
|Lift up thy hand against foreign nations |
and let them see thy might.
|As in us thou hast been sanctified before them, |
so in them be thou magnified before us;
|and let them know thee, as we have known |
that there is not God but thee, O Lord.
|Show signs anew, and work further wonders;|
|make thy hand and thy right arm glorious.|
|Rouse thy anger and pour out thy wrath;|
|destroy the adversary and wipe out the enemy.|
|Hasten the day, and remember the appointed time, |
and let people recount thy mighty deeds.
|Let him who survives be consumed in the fiery wrath, |
and may those who harm thy people meet destruction.
|Crush the heads of the rulers of the enemy, |
who say, "There is no one but ourselves."
|Gather all the tribes of Jacob, |
and give them their inheritance, as at the beginning.
|Have mercy, O Lord, upon the people called by thy name, |
upon Israel, whom thou hast likened to a first-born son.
|Have pity on the city of thy sanctuary, |
Jerusalem, the place of thy rest.
|Choosing a wife. Sir.36.18-26|
|Fill Zion with the celebration of thy wondrous deeds, |
and thy temple with thy glory.
|Bear witness to those whom thou didst create in the beginning, |
and fulfil the prophecies spoken in thy name.
|Reward those who wait for thee, |
and let thy prophets be found trustworthy.
|Hearken, O Lord, to the prayer of thy servants, |
according to the blessing of Aaron for thy people,
and all who are on the earth will know that thou art the Lord,
the God of the ages.
|The stomach will take any food, |
yet one food is better than another.
|As the palate tastes the kinds of game, |
so an intelligent mind detects false words.
|A perverse mind will cause grief, |
but a man of experience will pay him back.
|A woman will accept any man, |
but one daughter is better than another.
|A woman's beauty gladdens the countenance, |
and surpasses every human desire.
|If kindness and humility mark her speech, |
her husband is not like other men.
|He who acquires a wife gets his best possession, |
a helper fit for him and a pillar of support.
|Where there is no fence, the property will be plundered; |
and where there is no wife, a man will wander about and sigh.
|For who will trust a nimble robber |
that skips from city to city?
So who will trust a man that has no home,
and lodges wherever night finds him?
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