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World English Bible with Deuterocanon - Sirach

Sirach 48

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1Then Elijah arose, the prophet like fire. His word burned like a torch.
2He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal made them few in number.
3By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens. He brought down fire three times.
4How you were glorified, O Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is like yours?
5You raised up a dead man from death, from Hades, by the word of the Most High.
6You brought down kings to destruction, and honorable men from their sickbeds.
7You heard rebuke in Sinai, and judgments of vengeance in Horeb.
8You anointed kings for retribution, and prophets to succeed after you.
9You were taken up in a tempest of fire, in a chariot of fiery horses.
10You were recorded for reproofs in their seasons, to pacify anger, before it broke out into wrath, to turn the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
11Blessed are those who saw you, and those who have been beautified with love; for we also shall surely live.
12Elijah was wrapped in a whirlwind. Elisha was filled with his spirit. In his days he was not moved by the fear of any ruler, and no one brought him into subjection.
13Nothing was too hard for him. When he was buried, his body prophesied.
14As in his life he did wonders, so his works were also marvelous in death.
15For all this the people didn’t repent. They didn’t depart from their sins, until they were carried away as a plunder from their land, and were scattered through all the earth. The people were left very few in number, but with a ruler from the house of David.
16Some of them did that which was right, but some multiplied sins.
17Hezekiah fortified his city, and brought water into its midst. He tunneled through rock with iron, and built cisterns for water.
18In his days Sennacherib invaded, and sent Rabshakeh, and departed. He lifted up his hand against Zion, and boasted great things in his arrogance.

19Then their hearts and their hands were shaken, and they were in pain, as women in labor.
20But they called upon the Lord who is merciful, spreading out their hands to him. The Holy One quickly heard them out of Heaven, and delivered them by the hand of Isaiah.
21He struck the camp of the Assyrians, and his angel utterly destroyed them.
22For Hezekiah did that which was pleasing to the Lord, and was strong in the ways of his ancestor David, which Isaiah the prophet commanded, who was great and faithful in his vision.
23In his days the sun went backward. He prolonged the life of the king.
24He saw by an excellent spirit what would come to pass in the future; and he comforted those who mourned in Zion.
25He showed the things that would happen through the end of time, and the hidden things before they came.