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World English Bible with Deuterocanon - Sirach

Sirach 16

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1Don’t desire a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
2If they multiply, don’t delight in them unless the fear of the Lord is in them.
3Don’t trust in their life. Don’t rely on their numbers; for one can be better than a thousand, and to die childless than to have ungodly children.
4For from one who has understanding, a city will be populated, but a race of wicked men will be made desolate.
5I have seen many such things with my eyes. My ear has heard mightier things than these.
6In a congregation of sinners, a fire will be kindled. In a disobedient nation, wrath is kindled.
7He was not pacified toward the giants of old time, who revolted in their strength.
8He didn’t spare Lot’s neighbors, whom he abhorred for their pride.
9He didn’t pity the people of perdition who were taken away in their sins,
10or in like manner, the six hundred thousand footmen who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.
11Even if there is one stiff-necked person, it is a marvel if he will be unpunished; for mercy and wrath are both with him who is mighty to forgive, and he pours out wrath.
12As his mercy is great, so is his correction also. He judges a man according to his works.
13The sinner will not escape with plunder. The perseverance of the godly will not be frustrated.
14He will make room for every work of mercy. Each man will receive according to his works.
17Don’t say, “I will be hidden from the Lord,” and “Who will remember me from on high?” I will not be known among so many people, for what is my soul in a boundless creation?
18Behold, the heaven, the heaven of heavens, the deep, and the earth, will be moved when he visits.
19The mountains and the foundations of the earth together are shaken with trembling when he looks at them.
20No heart will think about these things. Who could comprehend his ways?

21Like a tempest which no man can see, so, the majority of his works are hidden.
22Who will declare his works of righteousness? Who will wait for them? For his covenant is afar off.
23He who is lacking in understanding thinks about these things. An unwise and erring man thinks foolishly.
24My son, listen to me, learn knowledge, and heed my words with your heart.
25I will impart instruction with precision, and declare knowledge exactly.
26In the judgment of the Lord are his works from the beginning. From the making of them he determined their boundaries.
27He arranged his works for all time, and their beginnings to their generations. They aren’t hungry or weary, and they don’t cease from their works.
28No one pushes aside his neighbor. They will never disobey his word.
29After this also the Lord looked at the earth and filled it with his blessings.
30All manner of living things covered its surface, and they return into it.