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Sirach 39

 
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1 σοφίαν πάντων ἀρχαίων ἐκζητήσει καὶ ἐν προφητείαις ἀσχοληθήσεται 2 διήγησιν ἀνδρῶν ὀνομαστῶν συντηρήσει καὶ ἐν στροφαῖς παραβολῶν συνεισελεύσεται 3 ἀπόκρυφα παροιμιῶν ἐκζητήσει καὶ ἐν αἰνίγμασι παραβολῶν ἀναστραφήσεται 4 ἀνὰ μέσον μεγιστάνων ὑπηρετήσει καὶ ἔναντι ἡγουμένων ὀφθήσεται 5 ἐν γῇ ἀλλοτρίων ἐθνῶν διελεύσεται ἀγαθὰ γὰρ καὶ κακὰ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἐπείρασεν 6 τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ ἐπιδώσει ὀρθρίσαι πρὸς κύριον τὸν ποιήσαντα αὐτὸν καὶ ἔναντι ὑψίστου δεηθήσεται 7 καὶ ἀνοίξει στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ περὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν αὐτοῦ δεηθήσεται 8 ἐὰν κύριος ὁ μέγας θελήσῃ πνεύματι συνέσεως ἐμπλησθήσεται 9 αὐτὸς ἀνομβρήσει ῥήματα σοφίας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν προσευχῇ ἐξομολογήσεται κυρίῳ 10 αὐτὸς κατευθυνεῖ βουλὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπιστήμην καὶ ἐν τοῖς ἀποκρύφοις αὐτοῦ διανοηθήσεται 11 αὐτὸς ἐκφανεῖ παιδείαν διδασκαλίας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν νόμῳ διαθήκης κυρίου καυχήσεται 12 αἰνέσουσιν τὴν σύνεσιν αὐτοῦ πολλοί καὶ ἕως τοῦ αἰῶνος οὐκ ἐξαλειφθήσεται 13 οὐκ ἀποστήσεται τὸ μνημόσυνον αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ζήσεται εἰς γενεὰς γενεῶν 14 τὴν σοφίαν αὐτοῦ διηγήσονται ἔθνη καὶ τὸν ἔπαινον αὐτοῦ ἐξαγγελεῖ ἐκκλησία 15 ἐὰν ἐμμείνῃ ὄνομα καταλείψει ἢ χίλιοι καὶ ἐὰν ἀναπαύσηται ἐκποιεῖ αὐτῷ 1 But the wise man will be learning the lore of former times; the prophets will be his study. 2 The tradition handed down by famous men will be in his keeping; his to con the niceties of every parable, 3 learn the hidden meaning of every proverb, make himself acquainted with sayings hard to understand. 4 To great men he will render good service, will be summoned to the prince’s own council; 5 will go upon his travels in foreign countries, to learn by experience what the world offers of good and of harm. 6 With dedicated heart, he will keep early vigil at the Lord’s gates, the Lord that made him, to win audience for his plea from the most High. 7 His lips will be eloquent in prayer, as he entreats pardon for his sins. 8 At the Lord’s sovereign pleasure, he will be filled with a spirit of discernment, 9 so that he pours out showers of wise utterance, giving thanks to the Lord in his prayer. 10 His plans and thoughts guided from above, he will have skill in the divine mysteries; 11 will make known to all the tradition of teaching he has received, and take pride in that law which is the Lord’s covenant with man. 12 This wisdom of his, extolled on every side, will never fall into oblivion; 13 the memory of him, the renown of him, will be held in honour from age to age. 14 His wise words will become a legend among the nations; where faithful men assemble, his praise will be told. 15 A life that shall leave such fame as one man wins in a thousand; a death not unrewarded. 1

Sapientiam omnium antiquorum exquiret sapiens,
et in prophetis vacabit.
2
Narrationem virorum nominatorum conservabit,
et in versutias parabolarum simul introibit.
3
Occulta proverbiorum exquiret,
et in absconditis parabolarum conversabitur.
4
In medio magnatorum ministrabit,
et in conspectu præsidis apparebit.
5
In terram alienigenarum gentium pertransiet:
bona enim et mala in hominibus tentabit.
6
Cor suum tradet ad vigilandum diluculo ad Dominum, qui fecit illum,
et in conspectu Altissimi deprecabitur.
7
Aperiet os suum in oratione,
et pro delictis suis deprecabitur.
8
Si enim Dominus magnus voluerit,
spiritu intelligentiæ replebit illum:
9
et ipse tamquam imbres mittet eloquia sapientiæ suæ,
et in oratione confitebitur Domino:
10
et ipse diriget consilium ejus, et disciplinam,
et in absconditis suis consiliabitur.
11
Ipse palam faciet disciplinam doctrinæ suæ,
et in lege testamenti Domini gloriabitur.
12
Collaudabunt multi sapientiam ejus,
et usque in sæculum non delebitur.
13
Non recedet memoria ejus,
et nomen ejus requiretur a generatione in generationem.
14
Sapientiam ejus enarrabunt gentes,
et laudem ejus enuntiabit ecclesia.
15
Si permanserit, nomen derelinquet plus quam mille:
et si requieverit, proderit illi.
16 ἔτι διανοηθεὶς ἐκδιηγήσομαι καὶ ὡς διχομηνία ἐπληρώθην 17 εἰσακούσατέ μου υἱοὶ ὅσιοι καὶ βλαστήσατε ὡς ῥόδον φυόμενον ἐπὶ ῥεύματος ὑγροῦ 18 καὶ ὡς λίβανος εὐωδιάσατε ὀσμὴν 19 καὶ ἀνθήσατε ἄνθος ὡς κρίνον διάδοτε ὀσμὴν καὶ αἰνέσατε ᾆσμα εὐλογήσατε κύριον ἐπὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔργοις 20 δότε τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μεγαλωσύνην καὶ ἐξομολογήσασθε ἐν αἰνέσει αὐτοῦ ἐν ᾠδαῖς χειλέων καὶ ἐν κινύραις καὶ οὕτως ἐρεῖτε ἐν ἐξομολογήσει 16 And still I have thoughts worth the telling; madman as easily might contain himself. 17 A voice proclaims, Give heed to me, you that are scions of the divine stock; yours to burgeon like a rose-bush that is planted by running water; 18 yours to yield the fragrance of incense; 19 yours to blossom like the lily, and smell sweet, and put forth leaves for your adornment; yours to sing songs of praise, and bless the Lord for all things he has made. 20 His name extol; songs of praise let your lips utter, and let harp’s melody mingle with the song. And you shall praise him in these words following. 16

Adhuc consiliabor ut enarrem:
ut furore enim repletus sum.
17
In voce dicit: Obaudite me, divini fructus,
et quasi rosa plantata super rivos aquarum fructificate.
18
Quasi Libanus odorem suavitatis habete.
19
Florete flores quasi lilium:
et date odorem, et frondete in gratiam:
et collaudate canticum, et benedicite Dominum in operibus suis.
20
Date nomini ejus magnificentiam,
et confitemini illi in voce labiorum vestrorum,
et in canticis labiorum, et citharis:
et sic dicetis in confessione:
21 τὰ ἔργα κυρίου πάντα ὅτι καλὰ σφόδρα καὶ πᾶν πρόσταγμα ἐν καιρῷ αὐτοῦ ἔσται οὐκ ἔστιν εἰπεῖν τί τοῦτο εἰς τί τοῦτο πάντα γὰρ ἐν καιρῷ αὐτοῦ ζητηθήσεται 22 ἐν λόγῳ αὐτοῦ ἔστη ὡς θιμωνιὰ ὕδωρ καὶ ἐν ῥήματι στόματος αὐτοῦ ἀποδοχεῖα ὑδάτων 23 ἐν προστάγματι αὐτοῦ πᾶσα ἡ εὐδοκία καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὃς ἐλαττώσει τὸ σωτήριον αὐτοῦ 24 ἔργα πάσης σαρκὸς ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν κρυβῆναι ἀπὸ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ 25 ἀπὸ τοῦ αἰῶνος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ἐπέβλεψεν καὶ οὐθέν ἐστιν θαυμάσιον ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ 26 οὐκ ἔστιν εἰπεῖν τί τοῦτο εἰς τί τοῦτο πάντα γὰρ εἰς χρείας αὐτῶν ἔκτισται 27 ἡ εὐλογία αὐτοῦ ὡς ποταμὸς ἐπεκάλυψεν 28 καὶ ὡς κατακλυσμὸς ξηρὰν ἐμέθυσεν οὕτως ὀργὴν αὐτοῦ ἔθνη κληρονομήσει 29 ὡς μετέστρεψεν ὕδατα εἰς ἅλμην αἱ ὁδοὶ αὐτοῦ τοῖς ὁσίοις εὐθεῖαι οὕτως τοῖς ἀνόμοις προσκόμματα 21 Good, wondrously good, is all the Lord has made.[1] 22 Piled high the waters stand at his command, shut in by cisterns of his appointing.[2] 23 All-sufficient is his will, unfailing his power to save; 24 open to his view are all deeds of mortal men, nothing can escape that scrutiny. 25 On every age of time his glance rests; marvel is none beyond his compass. 26 Not for man to ask what this or that may be, each shall be needed in its turn. 27 His blessings flow like a stream in full flood, 28 like rain pouring down to refresh the parched earth. But the nations that never look to find him, shall be the prey of his vengeance; 29 did he not turn the waters into firm ground, and dry up the floor of them, so that it made a path for the passage of his own people,[3] and yet a trap to punish the wicked? 21
Opera Domini universa bona valde.
22
In verbo ejus stetit aqua sicut congeries:
et in sermone oris illius sicut exceptoria aquarum:
23
quoniam in præcepto ipsius placor fit,
et non est minoratio in salute ipsius.
24
Opera omnis carnis coram illo,
et non est quidquam absconditum ab oculis ejus.
25
A sæculo usque in sæculum respicit,
et nihil est mirabile in conspectu ejus.
26
Non est dicere: Quid est hoc, aut quid est istud?
omnia enim in tempore suo quærentur.
27
Benedictio illius quasi fluvius inundavit.
28
Quomodo cataclysmus aridam inebriavit,
sic ira ipsius gentes quæ non exquisierunt eum hæreditabit.
29
Quomodo convertit aquas in siccitatem, et siccata est terra,
et viæ illius viis illorum directæ sunt,
sic peccatoribus offensiones in ira ejus.
30 ἀγαθὰ τοῖς ἀγαθοῖς ἔκτισται ἀ{P'} ἀρχῆς οὕτως τοῖς ἁμαρτωλοῖς κακά 31 ἀρχὴ πάσης χρείας εἰς ζωὴν ἀνθρώπου ὕδωρ καὶ πῦρ καὶ σίδηρος καὶ ἅλας καὶ σεμίδαλις πυροῦ καὶ γάλα καὶ μέλι αἷμα σταφυλῆς καὶ ἔλαιον καὶ ἱμάτιον 32 ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς εὐσεβέσιν εἰς ἀγαθά οὕτως τοῖς ἁμαρτωλοῖς τραπήσεται εἰς κακά 33 ἔστιν πνεύματα ἃ εἰς ἐκδίκησιν ἔκτισται καὶ ἐν θυμῷ αὐτοῦ ἐστερέωσεν μάστιγας αὐτῶν 34 ἐν καιρῷ συντελείας ἰσχὺν ἐκχεοῦσιν καὶ τὸν θυμὸν τοῦ ποιήσαντος αὐτοὺς κοπάσουσιν 35 πῦρ καὶ χάλαζα καὶ λιμὸς καὶ θάνατος πάντα ταῦτα εἰς ἐκδίκησιν ἔκτισται 36 θηρίων ὀδόντες καὶ σκορπίοι καὶ ἔχεις καὶ ῥομφαία ἐκδικοῦσα εἰς ὄλεθρον ἀσεβεῖς 37 ἐν τῇ ἐντολῇ αὐτοῦ εὐφρανθήσονται καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς εἰς χρείας ἑτοιμασθήσονται καὶ ἐν καιροῖς αὐτῶν οὐ παραβήσονται λόγον 30 From the first, good things were made for good men to enjoy; for sinners, they are good and evil at once. 31 What are the first needs of man’s life? Water, fire, iron, salt, milk, wheat-meal, honey, the grape-cluster, oil and clothing. 32 Thereby, for just men, nought but good is intended, yet for sinners they turn to evil. 33 Some powers[4] there be that are created for wreaking of vengeance, and sternly they wield the lash in their raging; 34 when the time for reckoning comes, they will put out all their force, until their Maker’s anger is appeased. 35 Fire, hail, hunger and death, all these were made for wreaking of vengeance; 36 ravening beasts, too, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword that punishes the wicked till there are none left. 37 All these hold high revel as they perform his will; ready they stand till earth has need of them, and when the need comes, they will obey. 30
Bona bonis creata sunt ab initio:
sic nequissimis bona et mala.
31
Initium necessariæ rei vitæ hominum, aqua, ignis, et ferrum,
sal, lac, et panis similagineus, et mel,
et botrus uvæ, et oleum, et vestimentum.
32
Hæc omnia sanctis in bona,
sic et impiis et peccatoribus in mala convertentur.
33
Sunt spiritus qui ad vindictam creati sunt,
et in furore suo confirmaverunt tormenta sua.
34
In tempore consummationis effundent virtutem,
et furorem ejus qui fecit illos placabunt.
35
Ignis, grando, fames, et mors,
omnia hæc ad vindictam creata sunt:
36
bestiarum dentes, et scorpii, et serpentes,
et rhomphæa vindicans in exterminium impios.
37
In mandatis ejus epulabuntur:
et super terram in necessitatem præparabuntur,
et in temporibus suis non præterient verbum.
38 διὰ τοῦτο ἐξ ἀρχῆς ἐστηρίχθην καὶ διενοήθην καὶ ἐν γραφῇ ἀφῆκα 39 τὰ ἔργα κυρίου πάντα ἀγαθὰ καὶ πᾶσαν χρείαν ἐν ὥρᾳ αὐτῆς χορηγήσει 40 καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν εἰπεῖν τοῦτο τούτου πονηρότερον πάντα γὰρ ἐν καιρῷ εὐδοκιμηθήσεται 41 καὶ νῦν ἐν πάσῃ καρδίᾳ καὶ στόματι ὑμνήσατε καὶ εὐλογήσατε τὸ ὄνομα κυρίου 38 From the first, all my questioning and all my thought confirms me in what I have written, 39 all things God has made are good, and each of them serves its turn; 40 nor ever must we complain things have happened for the worse, since each has its own occasion to justify it. 41 With full hearts, then, and full voice, praise we and bless the Lord’s name. 38
Propterea ab initio confirmatus sum, et consiliatus sum,
et cogitavi, et scripta dimisi.
39
Omnia opera Domini bona,
et omne opus hora sua subministrabit.
40
Non est dicere: Hoc illo nequius est:
omnia enim in tempore suo comprobabuntur.
41
Et nunc in omni corde et ore collaudate,
et benedicite nomen Domini.
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