|The memory of Josiah is like a blending of incense |
prepared by the art of the perfumer;
it is sweet as honey to every mouth,
and like music at a banquet of wine.
|He was led aright in converting the people, |
and took away the abominations of iniquity.
|He set his heart upon the Lord; |
in the days of wicked men he strengthened godliness.
|Except David and Hezekiah and Josiah |
they all sinned greatly,
for they forsook the law of the Most High;
the kings of Judah came to an end;
|for they gave their power to others, |
and their glory to a foreign nation,
|who set fire to the chosen city of the sanctuary, |
and made her streets desolate,
according to the word of Jeremiah.
|For they had afflicted him; |
yet he had been consecrated in the womb as prophet,
to pluck up and afflict and destroy,
and likewise to build and to plant.
|It was Ezekiel who saw the vision of glory |
which God showed him above the chariot of the cherubim.
|For God remembered his enemies with storm, |
and did good to those who directed their ways aright.
|May the bones of the twelve prophets |
revive from where they lie,
for they comforted the people of Jacob
and delivered them with confident hope.
|The twelve prophets. Sir.49.10|
|How shall we magnify Zerubbabel? |
He was like a signet on the right hand,
|Zerubabel & Joshua. Sir.49.11-12|
|and so was Jeshua the son of Jozadak; |
in their days they built the house
and raised a temple holy to the Lord,
prepared for everlasting glory.
|The memory of Nehemiah also is lasting; |
he raised for us the walls that had fallen,
and set up the gates and bars
and rebuilt our ruined houses.
|No one like Enoch has been created on earth, |
for he was taken up from the earth.
|The Patriarchs. Sir.49.14-16|
|And no man like Joseph has been born, |
and his bones are cared for.
|Shem and Seth were honored among men, |
and Adam above every living being in the creation.
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