Sirach - Chapter 49

[Sirach 49]
{49:1} The memory of Josiah is like a blend of fragrances composed by the work of a perfumer.
{49:2} His remembrance will be sweet like honey in every mouth, and like music at a banquet of wine.
{49:3} He was divinely directed for the repentance of the nation, and he took away the abominations of impiety.
{49:4} And he guided his heart toward the Lord. And during the days of sinners, he strengthened piety.
{49:5} Other than David, and Hezekiah, and Josiah, everyone committed sin.
{49:6} For the kings of Judah abandoned the law of the Most High, and they held contempt for the fear of God.
{49:7} For they gave their kingdom to foreigners, and their glory to a strange people.
{49:8} They set fire to the chosen city of sanctity, and they made its streets desolate, in accord with the hand of Jeremiah.
{49:9} For they treated him wickedly, though he was consecrated as a prophet from his mother's womb: to overthrow, and to root out, and to destroy, and also to rebuild and to renew.
{49:10} It was Ezekiel who saw a vision of glory, which was revealed to him with the chariot of the Cherubim.
{49:11} For it called to mind the enemies under the figure of rain, to do good to those who have revealed the upright ways.
{49:12} And may the bones of the twelve prophets spring up from their place. For they strengthened Jacob, and they redeemed themselves with a virtuous faith.
{49:13} How will we magnify Zerubbabel? For he, too, was like a signet on the right hand.
{49:14} So also was Jesus, the son of Jozadak, who in their days built the house, and raised up a holy temple to the Lord, as a preparation for everlasting glory.
{49:15} And may Nehemiah be remembered for a long time. He raised up for us the walls that had been torn down. And he made firm the gates and the bars. He raised up our houses.
{49:16} No one has been born upon the earth like Enoch. And he was also taken up from the earth.
{49:17} And there was no one like Joseph, who was a man born to be foremost among his brothers, the firmament of his clan, a guide to his brethren, the mainstay of his people.
{49:18} And his bones were visited, and after death, they prophesied.
{49:19} Shem and Seth obtained glory among men. And above every soul, at the very beginning, was Adam.

 

In 49:1-9, Sirach speaks of Josiah and compares him and other holy men to the wicked. What does Sirach say?

In 49:10-19 Sirach speaks of Ezekiel and other holy men. What does he say of them?

 

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