|Joshua the son of Nun was mighty in war, |
and was the successor of Moses in prophesying.
He became, in accordance with his name,
a great saviour of God's elect,
to take vengeance on the enemies that rose against them,
so that he might give Israel its inheritance.
|How glorious he was when he lifted his hands |
and stretched out his sword against the cities!
|Who before him ever stood so firm? |
For he waged the wars of the Lord.
|Was not the sun held back by his hand? |
And did not one day become as long as two?
|He called upon the Most High, the Mighty One, |
when enemies pressed him on every side,
|and the great Lord answered him with hailstones of mighty power. |
He hurled down war upon that nation,
and at the descent of Beth-horon he destroyed those who resisted,
so that the nations might know his armament,
that he was fighting in the sight of the Lord;
for he wholly followed the Mighty One.
|And in the days of Moses he did a loyal deed, |
he and Caleb the son of Jephunneh:
they withstood the congregation,
restrained the people from sin,
and stilled their wicked murmuring.
|And these two alone were preserved |
out of six hundred thousand people on foot,
to bring them into their inheritance,
into a land flowing with milk and honey.
|And the Lord gave Caleb strength, |
which remained with him to old age,
so that he went up to the hill country,
and his children obtained it for an inheritance;
|so that all the sons of Israel might see |
that it is good to follow the Lord.
|The judges also, with their respective names, |
those whose hearts did not fall into idolatry
and who did not turn away from the Lord -
may their memory be blessed!
|The judges. Sir.46.11-12|
|May their bones revive from where they lie, |
and may the name of those who have been honored live again in their sons!
|Samuel, beloved by his Lord, |
a prophet of the Lord, established the kingdom
and anointed rulers over his people.
|By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, |
and the Lord watched over Jacob.
|By his faithfulness he was proved to be a prophet, |
and by his words he became known as a trustworthy seer.
|He called upon the Lord, the Mighty One, |
when his enemies pressed him on every side,
and he offered in sacrifice a sucking lamb.
|Then the Lord thundered from heaven, |
and made his voice heard with a mighty sound;
|and he wiped out the leaders of the people of Tyre |
and all the rulers of the Philistines.
|Before the time of his eternal sleep, |
Samuel called men to witness before the Lord and his anointed:
"I have not taken any one's property,
not so much as a pair of shoes."
And no man accused him.
|Even after he had fallen asleep he prophesied |
and revealed to the king his death,
and lifted up his voice out of the earth in prophecy,
to blot out the wickedness of the people.
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