Sirach 48

1 {\cf2 Then stood vp Elias the Prophet as a fire, and his worde burnt like a lampe.}

2 {\cf2 He brought a famine vpon them, and by his zeale he diminished them: for they might not away with the commandements of the Lord.}

3 {\cf2 By the word of the Lord he shut the heauen, and three times brought he the fire from heauen.}

4 {\cf2 O Elias, how honorable art thou by thy woderous deedes! who may make his boast to be like thee!}

5 {\cf2 Which hast raised vp ye dead from death, and by the word of the most High out of the graue:}

6 {\cf2 Which hast brought Kings vnto destruction, and the honourable from their seate:}

7 {\cf2 Which heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sina, and in Horeb the iudgement of the vengeance:}

8 {\cf2 Which diddest anoint Kings that they might recompense, and Prophets to be thy successours:}

9 {\cf2 Which wast taken vp in a whirle winde of fire, and in a charet of fierie horses:}

10 {\cf2 Which wast appointed to reproue in due season, and to pacifie the wrath of the Lordes iudgement before it kindled, and to turne the heartes of the fathers vnto the children, & to set vp the tribes of Iacob.}

11 {\cf2 Blessed were they that sawe thee, and slept in loue: for we shall liue.}

12 {\cf2 When Elias was couered with the storme, Eliseus was filled with his spirit: while he liued, he was not moued for any prince, neither coulde any bring him into subiection.}

13 {\cf2 Nothing could ouercome him, and after his death his body prophesied.}

14 {\cf2 He did wonders in his life, and in death were his workes marueilous.}

15 {\cf2 For all this the people repented not, neither departed they from their sinnes: till they were caried away prisoners out of their land, and were scattered through all the earth, so that there remained but a very fewe people with the prince vnto ye house of Dauid.}

16 {\cf2 Howbeit some of them did right, and some heaped vp sinnes.}

17 {\cf2 Ezekias made his citie strong, and conueied water into the middes thereof: he digged thorowe the rocke with yron, & made fountaines for waters.}

18 {\cf2 In his time came Sennacherib vp, and sent Rabsaces, & lift vp his hand against Sion, and boasted proudly.}

19 {\cf2 Then trembled their heartes and handes, so that they sorowed like a woman in trauell.}

20 {\cf2 But they called vpon the Lord, which is mercifull, and lift vp their hands vnto him, and immediatly the Holy one heard them out of heauen.}

21 {\cf2 He thought no more vpon their sinnes, nor gaue them ouer to their enemies, but deliuered them by the hand of Esai.}

22 {\cf2 He smote the hoste of the Assyrians, and his Angel destroyed them.}

23 {\cf2 For Ezekias had done the thing that pleased the Lorde, and remained stedfastly in the wayes of Dauid his father, as Esai the great Prophet, and faithfull in his vision had commanded him.}

24 {\cf2 In his time the sunne went backwarde, and he lengthened the Kings life.}

25 {\cf2 He sawe by an excellent Spirit what shoulde come to passe at the last, and he comforted them that were sorowfull in Sion.}

26 {\cf2 He shewed what shoulde come to passe for euer, and secret things, or euer they came to passe.}