Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 47
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1 After him arose Nathan, to prophesy in the time of David.
7 For he destroyed the enemies on every front, he annihilated his foes, the Philistines, and crushed their strength for ever.
10 he gave the feasts their splendour, the festivals their solemn pomp, causing the Lord's holy name to be praised and the sanctuary to resound from dawn.
15 Your mind ranged the earth, you filled it with mysterious sayings.
20 You stained your honour, you profaned your stock, so bringing retribution on your children and affliction for your folly:
22 But the Lord never goes back on his mercy, never cancels any of his words, will neither deny offspring to his elect nor stamp out the line of the man who loved him. And hence, he has granted a remnant to Jacob and to David a root sprung from him.
24 Next, Jeroboam son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, and set Ephraim on the way of evil; from then on their sins multiplied so excessively as to drive them out of their country;
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