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48 Then the prophet Eli′jah arose like a fire,
    and his word burned like a torch.
He brought a famine upon them,
    and by his zeal he made them few in number.
By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens,
    and also three times brought down fire.
How glorious you were, O Eli′jah, in your wondrous deeds!
    And who has the right to boast which you have?
You who raised a corpse from death
    and from Hades, by the word of the Most High;
who brought kings down to destruction,
    and famous men from their beds;
who heard rebuke at Sinai
    and judgments of vengeance at Horeb;
who anointed kings to inflict retribution,
    and prophets to succeed you.[a]
You who were taken up by a whirlwind of fire,
    in a chariot with horses of fire;
10 you who are ready[b] at the appointed time, it is written,
    to calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in fury,
to turn the heart of the father to the son,
    and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
11 Blessed are those who saw you,
    and those who have been adorned[c] in love;
    for we also shall surely live.[d]


12 It was Eli′jah who was covered by the whirlwind,
    and Eli′sha was filled with his spirit;
in all his days he did not tremble before any ruler,
    and no one brought him into subjection.
13 Nothing was too hard for him,
    and when he was dead his body prophesied.
14 As in his life he did wonders,
    so in death his deeds were marvelous.

15 For all this the people did not repent,
    and they did not forsake their sins,
till they were carried away captive from their land
    and were scattered over all the earth;
the people were left very few in number,
    but with rulers from the house of David.
16 Some of them did what was pleasing to God,[e]
    but others multiplied sins.


17 Hezeki′ah fortified his city,
    and brought water into the midst of it;
he tunneled the sheer rock with iron
    and built pools for water.
18 In his days Sennach′erib came up,
    and sent the Rab′shakeh;[f]
he lifted up his hand against Zion
    and made great boasts in his arrogance.
19 Then their hearts were shaken and their hands trembled,
    and they were in anguish, like women in travail.
20 But they called upon the Lord who is merciful,
    spreading forth their hands toward him;
and the Holy One quickly heard them from heaven,
    and delivered them by the hand of Isaiah.
21 The Lord[g] smote the camp of the Assyrians,
    and his angel wiped them out.
22 For Hezeki′ah did what was pleasing to the Lord,
    and he held strongly to the ways of David his father,
which Isaiah the prophet commanded,
    who was great and faithful in his vision.


23 In his days the sun went backward,
    and he lengthened the life of the king.
24 By the spirit of might he saw the last things,
    and comforted those who mourned in Zion.
25 He revealed what was to occur to the end of time,
    and the hidden things before they came to pass.


  1. Sirach 48:8 Heb: Gk him
  2. Sirach 48:10 Heb: Gk are for reproofs
  3. Sirach 48:11 Other authorities read who have died
  4. Sirach 48:11 The text and meaning of this verse are uncertain
  5. Sirach 48:16 Gk lacks to God
  6. Sirach 48:18 Other authorities add and departed
  7. Sirach 48:21 Gk he

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