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Sirach 35Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Law and Sacrifices

35 He who keeps the law makes many offerings;
    he who heeds the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
He who returns a kindness offers fine flour,
    and he who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering.
To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord,
    and to forsake unrighteousness is atonement.
Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed,
    for all these things are to be done because of the commandment.
The offering of a righteous man anoints the altar,
    and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High.
The sacrifice of a righteous man is acceptable,
    and the memory of it will not be forgotten.
Glorify the Lord generously,
    and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
With every gift show a cheerful face,
    and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
10 Give to the Most High as he has given,
    and as generously as your hand has found.
11 For the Lord is the one who repays,
    and he will repay you sevenfold.

Divine Justice

12 Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it;
    and do not trust to an unrighteous sacrifice;
for the Lord is the judge,
    and with him is no partiality.
13 He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man;
    and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.
14 He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless,
    nor the widow when she pours out her story.
15 Do not the tears of the widow run down her cheek
    as she cries out against him who has caused them to fall?
16 He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted,
    and his prayer will reach to the clouds.
17 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds,
    and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord;[a]
he will not desist until the Most High visits him,
    and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgment.
18 And the Lord will not delay,
    neither will he be patient with them,
till he crushes the loins of the unmerciful
    and repays vengeance on the nations;
till he takes away the multitude of the insolent,
    and breaks the scepters of the unrighteous;
19 till he repays man according to his deeds,
    and the works of men according to their devices;
till he judges the case of his people
    and makes them rejoice in his mercy.
20 Mercy is as welcome when he afflicts them
    as clouds of rain in the time of drought.


  1. Sirach 35:17 Or until the Lord draws near
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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