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Sirach 48:1-11 Revised Standard Version (RSV)


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]


  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
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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