Ben Sira 35 (New Revised Standard w/ Apocrypha)

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1 The one who keeps the law makes many offerings; 2 one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being. 3 The one who returns a kindness offers choice flour, 4 and one who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering. 5 To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord, and to forsake unrighteousness is an atonement. 6 Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed, 7 for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the commandment. 8 The offering of the righteous enriches the altar, and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High. 9 The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable, and it will never be forgotten. 10 Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands. 11 With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness. 12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. 13 For the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold. 14 Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; 15 and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice; for the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no partiality. 16 He will not show partiality to the poor; but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. 17 He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan, or the widow when she pours out her complaint. 18 Do not the tears of the widow run down her cheek 19 as she cries out against the one who causes them to fall? 20 The one whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds. 21 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and it will not rest until it reaches its goal; it will not desist until the Most High responds 22 and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgment. Indeed, the Lord will not delay, and like a warrior a will not be patient until he crushes the loins of the unmerciful 23 and repays vengeance on the nations; until he destroys the multitude of the insolent, and breaks the scepters of the unrighteous; 24 until he repays mortals according to their deeds, and the works of all according to their thoughts; 25 until he judges the case of his people and makes them rejoice in his mercy. 26 His mercy is as welcome in time of distress as clouds of rain in time of drought.
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