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Sirach 17

 
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1 κύριος ἔκτισεν ἐκ γῆς ἄνθρωπον 2 καὶ πάλιν ἀπέστρεψεν αὐτὸν εἰς αὐτήν 3 ἡμέρας ἀριθμοῦ καὶ καιρὸν ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τῶν ἐ{P'} αὐτῆς κα{Q'} ἑαυτὸν ἐνέδυσεν αὐτοὺς ἰσχὺν καὶ κα{T'} εἰκόνα αὐτοῦ ἐποίησεν αὐτούς 4 ἔθηκεν τὸν φόβον αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ πάσης σαρκὸς καὶ κατακυριεύειν θηρίων καὶ πετεινῶν 5 διαβούλιον καὶ γλῶσσαν καὶ ὀφθαλμούς ὦτα καὶ καρδίαν ἔδωκεν διανοεῖσθαι αὐτοῖς 6 ἐπιστήμην συνέσεως ἐνέπλησεν αὐτοὺς καὶ ἀγαθὰ καὶ κακὰ ὑπέδειξεν αὐτοῖς 7 ἔθηκεν τὸν ὀφθαλμὸν αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὰς καρδίας αὐτῶν δεῖξαι αὐτοῖς τὸ μεγαλεῖον τῶν ἔργων αὐτοῦ 8 καὶ ὄνομα ἁγιασμοῦ αἰνέσουσιν ἵνα διηγῶνται τὰ μεγαλεῖα τῶν ἔργων αὐτοῦ 9 προσέθηκεν αὐτοῖς ἐπιστήμην καὶ νόμον ζωῆς ἐκληροδότησεν αὐτοῖς 10 διαθήκην αἰῶνος ἔστησεν με{T'} αὐτῶν καὶ τὰ κρίματα αὐτοῦ ὑπέδειξεν αὐτοῖς 11 μεγαλεῖον δόξης εἶδον οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτῶν καὶ δόξαν φωνῆς αὐτοῦ ἤκουσεν τὸ οὖς αὐτῶν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς προσέχετε ἀπὸ παντὸς ἀδίκου 12 καὶ ἐνετείλατο αὐτοῖς ἑκάστῳ περὶ τοῦ πλησίον 1 Man, too, God created out of the earth, fashioning him after his own likeness, 2 and gave him, too, earth to be his burying-place, for all the divine power that clothed him; 3 man, too, should have his allotted toll of years, his season of maturity, and should have power over all else on earth; 4 no living thing, beast or bird, that should not live in awe of him and be subject to his rule. 5 To him and to that partner of his, created like himself and out of himself, God gave will and speech and sight and hearing; gave them a heart to reason with, and filled them with power of discernment; 6 spirit itself should be within their ken, their hearts should be all sagacity. What evil was, what good, he made plain to them; 7 gave them his own eyes to see with, so that they should keep his marvellous acts in view, 8 praise that holy name of his, boast of his wonders, tell the story of his renowned deeds. 9 Warnings, too, he gave them; the law that brings life should be a cherished heirloom; 10 and so he made a covenant with them which should last for ever; claim and award of his he would make known to them. 11 Their eyes should see him in visible majesty, their ears catch the echo of his majestic voice. Keep your hands clear, he told them, of all wrong-doing, 12 and gave each man a duty towards his neighbour. 1

Deus creavit de terra hominem,
et secundum imaginem suam fecit illum:
2
et iterum convertit illum in ipsam,
et secundum se vestivit illum virtute.
3
Numerum dierum et tempus dedit illi,
et dedit illi potestatem eorum quæ sunt super terram.
4
Posuit timorem illius super omnem carnem,
et dominatus est bestiarum et volatilium.
5
Creavit ex ipso adjutorium simile sibi:
consilium, et linguam, et oculos, et aures,
et cor dedit illis excogitandi,
et disciplina intellectus replevit illos.
6
Creavit illis scientiam spiritus,
sensu implevit cor illorum,
et mala et bona ostendit illis.
7
Posuit oculum suum super corda illorum,
ostendere illis magnalia operum suorum:
8
ut nomen sanctificationis collaudent,
et gloriari in mirabilibus illius;
ut magnalia enarrent operum ejus.
9
Addidit illis disciplinam,
et legem vitæ hæreditavit illos.
10
Testamentum æternum constituit cum illis,
et justitiam et judicia sua ostendit illis.
11
Et magnalia honoris ejus vidit oculus illorum,
et honorem vocis audierunt aures illorum.
Et dixit illis: Attendite ab omni iniquo.
12
Et mandavit illis unicuique de proximo suo.
13 αἱ ὁδοὶ αὐτῶν ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ διὰ παντός οὐ κρυβήσονται ἀπὸ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ 14 ἑκάστῳ ἔθνει κατέστησεν ἡγούμενον 15 καὶ μερὶς κυρίου Ισραηλ ἐστίν 16 ἅπαντα τὰ ἔργα αὐτῶν ὡς ὁ ἥλιος ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ ἐνδελεχεῖς ἐπὶ τὰς ὁδοὺς αὐτῶν 17 οὐκ ἐκρύβησαν αἱ ἀδικίαι αὐτῶν ἀ{P'} αὐτοῦ καὶ πᾶσαι αἱ ἁμαρτίαι αὐτῶν ἔναντι κυρίου 13 Ever before his eyes their doings are; nothing is hidden from his scrutiny. 14 To every Gentile people he has given a ruler of its own; 15 Israel alone is exempt, marked down as God’s patrimony. 16 Clear as the sun their acts shew under his eye; over their lives, untiring his scrutiny. 17 Sin they as they will, his covenant is still on record; no misdeed of theirs but he is the witness of it. 13
Viæ illorum coram ipso sunt semper:
non sunt absconsæ ab oculis ipsius.
14
In unamquamque gentem præposuit rectorem:
15
et pars Dei Israël facta est manifesta.
16
Et omnia opera illorum velut sol in conspectu Dei:
et oculi ejus sine intermissione inspicientes in viis eorum.
17
Non sunt absconsa testamenta per iniquitatem illorum,
et omnes iniquitates eorum in conspectu Dei.
18 ἐλεημοσύνη ἀνδρὸς ὡς σφραγὶς με{T'} αὐτοῦ καὶ χάριν ἀνθρώπου ὡς κόρην συντηρήσει 18 Alms if thou givest, thou hast the sign-manual of his favour; treasured as the apple of his eye is the record of man’s deserving.[1] 18
Eleemosyna viri quasi signaculum cum ipso,
et gratiam hominis quasi pupillam conservabit.
19 μετὰ ταῦτα ἐξαναστήσεται καὶ ἀνταποδώσει αὐτοῖς καὶ τὸ ἀνταπόδομα αὐτῶν εἰς κεφαλὴν αὐτῶν ἀποδώσει 20 πλὴν μετανοοῦσιν ἔδωκεν ἐπάνοδον καὶ παρεκάλεσεν ἐκλείποντας ὑπομονήν 21 ἐπίστρεφε ἐπὶ κύριον καὶ ἀπόλειπε ἁμαρτίας 22 δεήθητι κατὰ πρόσωπον καὶ σμίκρυνον πρόσκομμα 23 ἐπάναγε ἐπὶ ὕψιστον καὶ ἀπόστρεφε ἀπὸ ἀδικίας καὶ σφόδρα μίσησον βδέλυγμα ὑψίστῳ τίς αἰνέσει ἐν ᾅδου 24 25 ἀντὶ ζώντων καὶ διδόντων ἀνθομολόγησιν 26 ἀπὸ νεκροῦ ὡς μηδὲ ὄντος ἀπόλλυται ἐξομολόγησις 27 ζῶν καὶ ὑγιὴς αἰνέσει τὸν κύριον 28 ὡς μεγάλη ἡ ἐλεημοσύνη τοῦ κυρίου καὶ ἐξιλασμὸς τοῖς ἐπιστρέφουσιν ἐ{P'} αὐτόν 19 … A day will come when he rouses himself and requites them, one by one, for their misdoing, overwhelms them in the depths of earth. 20 Yet, to such as repent, he grants the means of acquittal, and makes their fainting hearts strong to endure; for them, too, he has a share in his promised reward. 21 Turn back to the Lord, and let thy sins be; 22 make thy prayer before him, and rid thyself of the peril in thy path. 23 Come back to the Lord, from wrong-doing turn away, and thy foul deeds hate; 24 in all his decrees and awards own God just, stand in thy appointed place to make intercession to him, the most High, 25 and take thy part with a race of men sanctified, living men that still give thanks to God.[2] 26 Linger not in the false path of wickedness; give thanks while breath is in thee; the dead breathe no more, give thanks no more. 27 Thanks while yet thou livest, thanks while health and strength are still with thee, to praise God and to take pride in all his mercies! 28 The Lord’s mercy, that is so abundant, the pardon that is ever theirs who come back to him! 19
Et postea resurget,
et retribuet illis retributionem, unicuique in caput ipsorum,
et convertet in interiores partes terræ.
20
Pœnitentibus autem dedit viam justitiæ,
et confirmavit deficientes sustinere,
et destinavit illis sortem veritatis.
21

Convertere ad Dominum, et relinque peccata tua:
22
precare ante faciem Domini, et minue offendicula.
23
Revertere ad Dominum, et avertere ab injustitia tua,
et nimis odito execrationem:
24
et cognosce justitias et judicia Dei,
et sta in sorte propositionis, et orationis altissimi Dei.
25
In partes vade sæculi sancti,
cum vivis et dantibus confessionem Deo.
26
Non demoreris in errore impiorum:
ante mortem confitere:
a mortuo, quasi nihil, perit confessio.
27
Confiteberis vivens,
vivus et sanus confiteberis:
et laudabis Deum,
et gloriaberis in miserationibus illius.
28
Quam magna misericordia Domini,
et propitiatio illius convertentibus ad se!
29 οὐ γὰρ δύναται πάντα εἶναι ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὅτι οὐκ ἀθάνατος υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου 30 τί φωτεινότερον ἡλίου καὶ τοῦτο ἐκλείπει καὶ πονηρὸν ἐνθυμηθήσεται σὰρξ καὶ αἷμα 31 δύναμιν ὕψους οὐρανοῦ αὐτὸς ἐπισκέπτεται καὶ ἄνθρωποι πάντες γῆ καὶ σποδός 29 Think not man is the centre of all things;[3] no son of Adam is immortal, for all the delight men take in their sinful follies. 30 Nought brighter than the sun, and yet its brightness shall fail; nought darker than the secret designs of flesh and blood, yet all shall be brought to light. 31 God, that marshals the armies of high heaven, and man, all dust and ashes! 29
Nec enim omnia possunt esse in hominibus,
quoniam non est immortalis filius hominis,
et in vanitate malitiæ placuerunt.
30
Quid lucidius sole?
et hic deficiet;
aut quid nequius quam quod excogitavit caro et sanguis?
et hoc arguetur.
31
Virtutem altitudinis cæli ipse conspicit:
et omnes homines terra et cinis.
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