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Sirach 44:19-45:5Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Abraham

19 Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations,
    and no one has been found like him in glory;
20 he kept the law of the Most High,
    and was taken into covenant with him;
he established the covenant in his flesh,
    and when he was tested he was found faithful.
21 Therefore the Lord[a] assured him by an oath
    that the nations would be blessed through his posterity;
that he would multiply him like the dust of the earth,
    and exalt his posterity like the stars,
and cause them to inherit from sea to sea
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Isaac and Jacob

22 To Isaac also he gave the same assurance
    for the sake of Abraham his father.

23 The blessing of all men and the covenant
    he made to rest upon the head of Jacob;
he acknowledged him with his blessings,
    and gave him his inheritance;[b]
he determined his portions,
    and distributed them among twelve tribes.

Moses

45 From his descendants the Lord[c] brought forth a man of mercy,
    who found favor in the sight of all flesh
and was beloved by God and man,
    Moses, whose memory is blessed.
He made him equal in glory to the holy ones,
    and made him great in the fears of his enemies.
By his words he caused signs to cease;
    the Lord[d] glorified him in the presence of kings.
He gave him commands for his people,
    and showed him part of his glory.
He sanctified him through faithfulness and meekness;
    he chose him out of all mankind.
He made him hear his voice,
    and led him into the thick darkness,
and gave him the commandments face to face,
    the law of life and knowledge,
to teach Jacob the covenant,
    and Israel his judgments.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 44:21 Gk he
  2. Sirach 44:23 Heb: Gk by inheritance
  3. Sirach 45:1 Gk he
  4. Sirach 45:3 Gk he
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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