Sirach 36

Prayer for Israel’s deliverance

1 Have mercy on us, Lord God of all;
2 and teach all nations to stand in awe of you.
3 Raise up your hand against foreign nations, and let them see your power.
4 Just as they saw your holiness made visible in our midst, so let us see your power made visible in their midst.
5 Let them know you, just as we also have known, Lord, that there's no God except you.
6 Renew the signs, and work different wonders;
7 make your strong hand and arm glorious.
8 Arouse your anger; pour out your wrath;
9 remove the adversary; destroy the enemy.
10 Act quickly, remember what you have sworn, and let people tell of your mighty acts.
11 Let those who survive be consumed in a fiery wrath, and may those who harm your people come to destruction.
12 Crush the heads of hostile rulers, who say, "We're all that matters."
13 Gather all the tribes of Jacob,
16 and give them their inheritance, as you did at the beginning.
17 Have mercy, Lord, on the people who have been called by your name; on Israel, whom you made like an oldest child.
18 Take pity on the city where your sanctuary is; on Jerusalem, the place where you live.
19 Fill Zion with the celebration of your mighty deeds, and fill your temple with your glory.
20 Bear witness to those whom you created at the beginning, and fulfill the prophecies that were given in your name.
21 Give a reward to those who wait for you, and let your prophets be found trustworthy.
22 Hear, Lord, the prayer of your household slaves according to your goodwill toward your people, and all those who live upon the earth will know that you are the Lord, the God of the ages.

Wives, friends, and counselors

23 The stomach will accept any food, but one kind of food is better than another.
24 As the palate tastes different types of game, so an intelligent mind tests false words.
25 A perverse heart will cause grief, but an experienced person will know how to give payback.
26 A woman will accept any male as a husband, but some daughters are preferable to other ones.
27 A woman's beauty brightens a man's face, and she surpasses a man's every desire.
28 If her speech is characterized by mercy and gentleness, her husband is unlike anyone else.
29 Whoever acquires a wife takes his first step toward success. She will be a fit helper for him and a pillar of rest.
30 Where no fence exists, the property is carried off, and where there's no wife, a man sighs as he wanders about.
31 Who will trust a well-equipped robber who travels from city to city? Likewise, who will trust a man who does not have a nest and who lodges wherever night falls?