Sirach 2

1 {\cf2 My sonne, if thou wilt come into the seruice of God, stand fast in righteousnesse and feare, and prepare thy soule to tentation.}

2 {\cf2 Settle thine heart, and be patient: bowe downe thine eare, and receiue the wordes of vnderstanding, and shrinke not away, when thou art assayled, but waite vpon God patiently.}

3 {\cf2 Ioyne thy selfe vnto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.}

4 {\cf2 Whatsoeuer commeth vnto thee, receiue it patiently, & be patient in ye change of thine afflictio.}

5 {\cf2 For as gold and siluer are tryed in the fire, eue so are men acceptable in ye fornace of aduersitie.}

6 {\cf2 Beleeue in God, and he will helpe thee: order thy way aright, and trust in him: hold fast his feare, and growe olde therein.}

7 {\cf2 Ye that feare the Lorde, waite for his mercie shrinke not away from him that ye fall not.}

8 {\cf2 Ye that feare the Lord, beleeue him, and your reward shall not faile.}

9 {\cf2 O ye that feare ye Lorde, trust in good things, and in the euerlasting ioy and mercie.}

10 {\cf2 Ye that feare the Lorde, loue him, and your hearts shall be lightened.}

11 {\cf2 Consider the olde generations of men, ye children, and marke them well: was there euer any confounded, that put his trust in the Lorde? or who hath continued in his feare, & was forsaken? or whom did he euer despise, that called vpon him?}

12 {\cf2 For God is gracious and mercifull, and forgiueth sinnes, & saueth in the time of trouble, and is a defender for al them that seeke him in the trueth.}

13 {\cf2 Woe vnto them, that haue a fearefull heart, and to the wicked lips and to the faint hands, andto the sinner that goeth two maner of waies.}

14 {\cf2 Woe vnto him that is faint hearted, for hee beleeueth not: therefore shall he not be defended.}

15 {\cf2 Woe vnto you that haue lost patience, and haue forsaken the right waies, and are turned backe into froward waies: for what will ye doe when the Lord shall visite you?}

16 {\cf2 They that feare the Lord, wil not disobey his worde: and they that loue him, wil keepe his waies.}

17 {\cf2 They that feare the Lorde, will seeke out the things that are pleasant vnto him: and they that loue him, shalbe fulfilled with his Lawe.}

18 {\cf2 They that feare the Lord, will prepare their hearts, and humble their soules in his sight.}

19 {\cf2 They that feare the Lorde, keepe his comandements, and will be patient till he see them,}

20 {\cf2 Saying, If we doe not repent we shal fal into ye hands of the Lord, & not into the hands of men.}

21 {\cf2 Yet as his greatnesse is, so is his mercie.}