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Sirach 45:1-5 Good News Translation (GNT)


45 From Jacob's descendants the Lord raised up a godly man who won the favor of everyone, loved by God and people alike. This man was Moses, whose very memory is a blessing. The Lord made him as glorious as the angels and made his enemies fear him. There in Egypt at his command the disaster struck.[a] The Lord made kings hold him in respect. The Lord gave him his commands for his people and showed him the dazzling light of his presence. The Lord chose Moses out of the whole human race and consecrated him because of his loyalty and humility. He let him hear his voice and led him into the dark cloud, where, face-to-face, he gave him the commandments, the Law that gives life and knowledge, so that Moses might teach the covenant regulations to the Israelites.


  1. Sirach 45:3 Hebrew struck; Greek stopped.
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Sirach 45:1-5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

45 and was beloved by God and people,
    Moses, whose memory is blessed.
He made him equal in glory to the holy ones,
    and made him great, to the terror of his enemies.
By his words he performed swift miracles;[a]
    the Lord[b] glorified him in the presence of kings.
He gave him commandments for his people,
    and revealed to him his glory.
For his faithfulness and meekness he consecrated him,
    choosing him out of all humankind.
He allowed him to hear his voice,
    and led him into the dark cloud,
and gave him the commandments face to face,
    the law of life and knowledge,
so that he might teach Jacob the covenant,
    and Israel his decrees.


  1. Sirach 45:3 Heb: Gk caused signs to cease
  2. Sirach 45:3 Gk he
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Ben Sira 45:1-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 45

Praise of Moses, Aaron, and Phinehas

From him came the man[a]
    who would win the favor of all the living:
Dear to God and human beings,
    Moses, whose memory is a blessing.
God made him like the angels in honor,
    and strengthened him with fearful powers.
At his words God performed signs
    and sustained him in the king’s presence.
He gave him the commandments for his people,
    and revealed to him his glory.
Because of his trustworthiness and meekness
    God selected him from all flesh;
He let him hear his voice,
    and led him into the cloud,
Where he handed over the commandments,
    the law of life and understanding,[b]
That he might teach his precepts to Jacob,
    his judgments and decrees to Israel.


  1. 44:23(end)–45:5 Moses manifested God’s power through marvels (vv. 1–3), God’s authority through the commandments and the Law (v. 5), and God’s mercy through the intimacy granted him by the Lord for his own faithfulness and meekness (v. 4).
  2. 45:5 On God’s intimacy with Moses, see Ex 33:11; Nm 12:8; Dt 34:10.
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Sirach 45:1-5 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

45 Moses was beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in benediction.

He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease.

He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory.

He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh.

For he heard him, and his voice, and brought him into a cloud.

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