Sirach 45

1 {\cf2 And Moyses, the beloued of God and men, brought he forth, whose remembrance is blessed.}

2 {\cf2 He made him like to the glorious Saints, and magnified him by the feare of his enemies.}

3 {\cf2 By his words he caused the wonders to cease, and he made him glorious in the sight of Kings, and gaue him commandements for his people, and shewed him his glory.}

4 {\cf2 He sanctified him with faithfulnes, and meekenes, and chose him out of all men.}

5 {\cf2 He caused him to heare his voyce, & brought him into the darke cloude, and there he gaue him the commandements before his face, euen the Law of life and knowledge, that he might teach Iacob the couenant, and Israel his iudgements.}

6 {\cf2 He exalted Aaron an holy man like vnto him, euen his brother of the tribe of Leui.}

7 {\cf2 An euerlasting couenant made he with him, and gaue him the Priesthode among ye people, and made him blessed through his comely ornament, and clothed him with the garment of honour.}

8 {\cf2 He put perfect ioy vpon him, and girded him with ornaments of strength, as with breeches, and a tunicle, and an ephod.}

9 {\cf2 Hee compassed him about with belles of golde, and with many belles round about, that when he went in, the sound might be heard, and might make a noyse in the Sanctuarie, for a remembrance to the children of Israel his people,}

10 {\cf2 And with an holy garment, with golde also, and blue silke, and purple, and diuers kindes of workes, and with a breastlap of iudgement, & with the signes of trueth,}

11 {\cf2 And with worke of skarlet cunningly wrought, & with precious stones grauen like seales and set in golde by goldsmithes worke for a memoriall, with a writing grauen after the nomber of the tribes of Israel,}

12 {\cf2 And with a crowne of golde vpon the mitre, bearing the forme and marke of holines, an ornament of honour, a noble worke garnished, and pleasant to looke vpon.}

13 {\cf2 Before him were there no such faire ornaments: there might no strager put them on, but only his children, and his childrens children perpetually.}

14 {\cf2 Their sacrifices were wholy consumed euery day twise continually.}

15 {\cf2 Moyses filled his hands, and anointed him with holy oyle: this was appointed vnto him by an euerlasting couenant, & to his seede, so long as the heauens should remaine, that hee should minister before him, and also to execute the office of the Priesthood, and blesse his people in his Name.}

16 {\cf2 Before all men liuing the Lorde chose him that he should present offerings before him, and a sweete sauour for a remembrance to make reconciliation for his people.}

17 {\cf2 He gaue him also his commandements and authoritie according to the Lawes appointed, that he should teach Iacob the testimonies, and giue light vnto Israel by his Lawe.}

18 {\cf2 Strangers stood vp against him, and enuied him in the wildernes, euen the men that tooke Dathans and Abirams part, and the company of Core in furie and rage.}

19 {\cf2 This the Lorde sawe, and it displeased him, and in his wrathfull indignation were they consumed: he did wonders vpon them, and consumed them with the firie flame.}

20 {\cf2 But he made Aaron more honourable, and gaue him an heritage, and parted the first fruites of the first borne vnto him: vnto him specially he appointed bread in abundance.}

21 {\cf2 For the Priests did eate of ye sacrifices of the Lord, which he gaue vnto him and to his seede.}

22 {\cf2 Els had he none heritage in the land of his people, neither had he any portion among the people: for the Lord is the portion of his inheritance.}

23 {\cf2 The third in glory is Phinees the sonne of Eleazar, because hee had zeale in the feare of the Lorde, and stood vp with good courage of heart, when the people were turned backe, and made reconciliation for Israel.}

24 {\cf2 Therefore was there a couenant of peace made with him, that he should be the chiefe of the Sanctuarie and of his people, and that hee and his posteritie shoulde haue the dignitie of the Priesthood for euer,}

25 {\cf2 And according to the couenant made with Dauid, that the inheritance of the kingdome should remaine to his sonne of the tribe of Iuda: so the heritage of Aaron should be to the onely sonne of his sonne, and to his seede. God giue vs wisdome in our heart to iudge his people in righteousnesse, that the good things that they haue, be not abolished, and that their glory may endure for their posteritie.}