Sirach 49

1 {\cf2 The remembrance of Iosias is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the art of ye apothecarie: it is sweete as honie in al mouthes, and as musike at a banket of wine.}

2 {\cf2 He behaued himselfe vprightly in the reformation of the people, and tooke away all abominations of iniquitie.}

3 {\cf2 He directed his heart vnto the Lord, and in the time of the vngodly he established religion.}

4 {\cf2 All, except Dauid and Ezekias, and Iosias, committed wickednesse: for euen the Kings of Iuda forsooke the Lawe of the most High, and failed.}

5 {\cf2 Therefore he gaue their horne vnto other, and their honour to a strange nation.}

6 {\cf2 He burnt the elect citie of the Sanctuarie, and destroyed the streetes thereof according to the prophesie of Ieremias.}

7 {\cf2 For they intreated him euill, which neuerthelesse was a Prophet, sanctified from his mothers wombe, that he might roote out, and afflict, and destroy, and that he might also builde vp, and plant.}

8 {\cf2 Ezechiel sawe the glorious vision, which was shewed him vpon the charet of the Cherubims.}

9 {\cf2 For he made mention of the enemies vnder the figure of the raine, and directed them that went right.}

10 {\cf2 And let the bones of the twelue Prophets flourish out of their place, and let their memorie be blessed: for they comforted Iacob, and deliuered them by assured hope.}

11 {\cf2 Howe shall we prayse Zorobabel, which was as a ring on the right hand!}

12 {\cf2 So was Iesus also the sonne of Iosedec: these men in their time builded the house, and set vp the Sanctuarie of the Lord againe, which was prepared for an euerlasting worship.}

13 {\cf2 And among ye elect was Neemias whose renoume is great, which set vp for vs the walles that were fallen, and set vp the gates and the barres, and layed the foundations of our houses.}

14 {\cf2 But vpon the earth was no man created like Enoch: for he was taken vp from the earth.}

15 {\cf2 Neither was there a like man vnto Ioseph the gouernour of his brethren, and the vpholder of his people, whose bones were kept.}

16 {\cf2 Sem & Seth were in great honour among men: and so was Adam aboue euery liuing thing in the creation.}