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Sirach 46:11-20Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Judges

11 The judges also, with their respective names,
    those whose hearts did not fall into idolatry
and who did not turn away from the Lord—
    may their memory be blessed!
12 May their bones revive from where they lie,
    and may the name of those who have been honored
    live again in their sons!

13 Samuel, beloved by his Lord,
    a prophet of the Lord, established the kingdom
    and anointed rulers over his people.
14 By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation,
    and the Lord watched over Jacob.
15 By his faithfulness he was proved to be a prophet,
    and by his words he became known as a trustworthy seer.
16 He called upon the Lord, the Mighty One,
    when his enemies pressed him on every side,
    and he offered in sacrifice a sucking lamb.
17 Then the Lord thundered from heaven,
    and made his voice heard with a mighty sound;
18 and he wiped out the leaders of the people of Tyre
    and all the rulers of the Philistines.
19 Before the time of his eternal sleep,
    Samuel[a] called men to witness before the Lord and his anointed:
“I have not taken any one’s property,
    not so much as a pair of shoes.”
    And no man accused him.
20 Even after he had fallen asleep he prophesied
    and revealed to the king his death,
and lifted up his voice out of the earth in prophecy,
    to blot out the wickedness of the people.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 46:19 Gk he
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 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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