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Sirach 2

 
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1 τέκνον εἰ προσέρχῃ δουλεύειν κυρίῳ ἑτοίμασον τὴν ψυχήν σου εἰς πειρασμόν 2 εὔθυνον τὴν καρδίαν σου καὶ καρτέρησον καὶ μὴ σπεύσῃς ἐν καιρῷ ἐπαγωγῆς 3 κολλήθητι αὐτῷ καὶ μὴ ἀποστῇς ἵνα αὐξηθῇς ἐ{P'} ἐσχάτων σου 4 πᾶν ὃ ἐὰν ἐπαχθῇ σοι δέξαι καὶ ἐν ἀλλάγμασιν ταπεινώσεώς σου μακροθύμησον 5 ὅτι ἐν πυρὶ δοκιμάζεται χρυσὸς καὶ ἄνθρωποι δεκτοὶ ἐν καμίνῳ ταπεινώσεως 6 πίστευσον αὐτῷ καὶ ἀντιλήμψεταί σου εὔθυνον τὰς ὁδούς σου καὶ ἔλπισον ἐ{P'} αὐτόν 1 My son, if thy mind is to enter the Lord’s service, wait there in his presence, with honesty of purpose and with awe, and prepare thyself to be put to the test. 2 Submissive be thy heart, and ready to bear all; to wise advice lend a ready ear, and be never hasty when ill times befall thee. 3 Wait for God, cling to God and wait for him; at the end of it, thy life shall blossom anew. 4 Accept all that comes to thee, patient in sorrow, humiliation long enduring; 5 for gold and silver the crucible, it is in the furnace of humiliation men shew themselves worthy of his acceptance. 6 Trust in him, and he will lift thee to thy feet again; go straight on thy way, and fix in him thy hope; hold fast thy fear of him, and in that fear to old age come thou. 1

Fili, accedens ad servitutem Dei
sta in justitia et timore,
et præpara animam tuam ad tentationem.
2
Deprime cor tuum, et sustine:
inclina aurem tuam, et suscipe verba intellectus:
et ne festines in tempore obductionis.
3
Sustine sustentationes Dei:
conjungere Deo, et sustine,
ut crescat in novissimo vita tua.
4
Omne quod tibi applicitum fuerit accipe:
et in dolore sustine,
et in humilitate tua patientiam habe:
5
quoniam in igne probatur aurum et argentum,
homines vero receptibiles in camino humiliationis.
6
Crede Deo, et recuperabit te:
et dirige viam tuam, et spera in illum:
serva timorem illius, et in illo veterasce.
7 οἱ φοβούμενοι τὸν κύριον ἀναμείνατε τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ καὶ μὴ ἐκκλίνητε ἵνα μὴ πέσητε 8 οἱ φοβούμενοι κύριον πιστεύσατε αὐτῷ καὶ οὐ μὴ πταίσῃ ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν 9 οἱ φοβούμενοι κύριον ἐλπίσατε εἰς ἀγαθὰ καὶ εἰς εὐφροσύνην αἰῶνος καὶ ἔλεος 10 11 ἐμβλέψατε εἰς ἀρχαίας γενεὰς καὶ ἴδετε τίς ἐνεπίστευσεν κυρίῳ καὶ κατῃσχύνθη ἢ τίς ἐνέμεινεν τῷ φόβῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐγκατελείφθη 12 ἢ τίς ἐπεκαλέσατο αὐτόν καὶ ὑπερεῖδεν αὐτόν 13 διότι οἰκτίρμων καὶ ἐλεήμων ὁ κύριος καὶ ἀφίησιν ἁμαρτίας καὶ σῴζει ἐν καιρῷ θλίψεως 7 All you that fear the Lord, wait patiently for his mercies; lose sight of him, and you shall fall by the way. 8 Fear him? Ay, and trust him; you shall not miss your reward. 9 Fear him? Ay, and fix your hope in him; his mercy you shall find, and have great joy of it. 10 Fear him? Ay, and love him; your hearts shall be enlightened. 11 My sons, look back on the ages that are past; was ever man yet that trusted in the Lord, and was disappointed? 12 Held fast to his commandments, and was forsaken, prayed to him, and found the prayer unregarded? 13 A gracious God and a merciful; in times of affliction, he assoils us of our guilt, watches over all that with true hearts turn to him. 7

Metuentes Dominum, sustinete misericordiam ejus:
et non deflectatis ab illo, ne cadatis.
8
Qui timetis Dominum, credite illi,
et non evacuabitur merces vestra.
9
Qui timetis Dominum, sperate in illum,
et in oblectationem veniet vobis misericordia.
10
Qui timetis Dominum, diligite illum,
et illuminabuntur corda vestra.
11
Respicite, filii, nationes hominum:
et scitote quia nullus speravit in Domino et confusus est.
12
Quis enim permansit in mandatis ejus, et derelictus est?
aut quis invocavit eum, et despexit illum?
13
Quoniam pius et misericors est Deus,
et remittet in die tribulationis peccata,
et protector est omnibus exquirentibus se in veritate.
14 οὐαὶ καρδίαις δειλαῖς καὶ χερσὶν παρειμέναις καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ ἐπιβαίνοντι ἐπὶ δύο τρίβους 15 οὐαὶ καρδίᾳ παρειμένῃ ὅτι οὐ πιστεύει διὰ τοῦτο οὐ σκεπασθήσεται 16 οὐαὶ ὑμῖν τοῖς ἀπολωλεκόσιν τὴν ὑπομονήν 17 καὶ τί ποιήσετε ὅταν ἐπισκέπτηται ὁ κύριος 18 οἱ φοβούμενοι κύριον οὐκ ἀπειθήσουσιν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ ἀγαπῶντες αὐτὸν συντηρήσουσιν τὰς ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ 19 οἱ φοβούμενοι κύριον ζητήσουσιν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ ἀγαπῶντες αὐτὸν ἐμπλησθήσονται τοῦ νόμου 20 οἱ φοβούμενοι κύριον ἑτοιμάσουσιν καρδίας αὐτῶν καὶ ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ταπεινώσουσιν τὰς ψυχὰς αὐτῶν 21 22 ἐμπεσούμεθα εἰς χεῖρας κυρίου καὶ οὐκ εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων 23 ὡς γὰρ ἡ μεγαλωσύνη αὐτοῦ οὕτως καὶ τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ 14 Out upon the false heart, the cheating lips, the hands busy with ill-doing; upon the sinner that will go two ways at once to enter the land of his desire. 15 Out upon the unresolved will, that trust in God has none, and from him shall have no succour. 16 Out upon the men who have given up hope, forsaking the right path, and to false paths betaking them; 17 what shift will they make when the Lord calls them to account? 18 Fear the Lord, and doubt his promises? Love him, and not keep true to the way he shews us? 19 Fear the Lord, and not study to know his will? Love him, and not find contentment in his law? 20 Fear God, and not keep the will alert, the heart holy in his sight? 21 Men who fear God keep his commandments, and wait patiently until he comes to relieve them. 22 Be this our thought, they say, that it is God’s power we have to reckon with, not man’s, if there is no penance done. 23 And he has mercy ever at his side, a God merciful as he is great. 14

Væ duplici corde, et labiis scelestis,
et manibus malefacientibus,
et peccatori terram ingredienti duabus viis!
15
Væ dissolutis corde, qui non credunt Deo,
et ideo non protegentur ab eo!
16
Væ his qui perdiderunt sustinentiam,
et qui dereliquerunt vias rectas,
et diverterunt in vias pravas!
17
Et quid facient cum inspicere cœperit Dominus?
18
Qui timent Dominum non erunt incredibiles verbo illius:
et qui diligunt illum conservabunt viam illius.
19
Qui timent Dominum inquirent quæ beneplacita sunt ei,
et qui diligunt eum replebuntur lege ipsius.
20
Qui timent Dominum præparabunt corda sua,
et in conspectu illius sanctificabunt animas suas.
21
Qui timent Dominum custodiunt mandata illius,
et patientiam habebunt usque ad inspectionem illius,
22
dicentes: Si pœnitentiam non egerimus,
incidemus in manus Domini, et non in manus hominum.
23
Secundum enim magnitudinem ipsius,
sic et misericordia illius cum ipso est.
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