Sirach 46

Joshua and Caleb

1 Joshua, Nun's son, was powerful in battle, and he was Moses' successor in prophecy. As his name suggests, he was mighty to deliver the Lord's chosen ones, and to take revenge on enemies when they rose against them, so that he might give Israel an inheritance.
2 How glorious he was when he raised his hands and when he extended his sword against cities!
3 Who among those who came before stood as he did? Indeed, he fought the Lord's wars.
4 Wasn't the sun restrained by his hand, and one day lasted for two?
5 He called upon the Most High, the mighty one, when his enemies pressed in on him from every side, and the great Lord responded to him with hailstones of mighty power.
6 He rushed headlong against a nation in battle, and on a hill he destroyed those who opposed him, so that the nations might know how well-equipped he was, because his war was fought in the Lord's presence. Indeed, he was a follower of the mighty one.
7 In the days of Moses he performed acts of mercy, he and Caleb, Jephunneh's son. They opposed the congregation, restrained the people from sin, and put an end to their wicked grumbling.
8 So out of six hundred thousand soldiers, the two were spared to lead the people into their inheritance, into a land full of milk and honey.
9 The Lord gave Caleb strength, and it remained with him until he was old, so that he went up to the highlands, and his descendants had it as an inheritance.
10 In this way, all the Israelites could see that it is a good thing to follow the Lord.


11 May the memories of the judges bring blessings, each with their own name, whose hearts remained faithful and who didn't turn away from the Lord.
12 May their bones send forth new shoots of life from their burial places, and their names, honored by all humanity, continue in their descendants.


13 Samuel was dearly loved by his Lord. As a prophet from the Lord, he established a kingdom and anointed rulers over his people.
14 He judged the congregation by the Lord's law, and the Lord watched over Jacob.
15 He proved to be a reliable prophet because of his faithfulness, and through his words he became known as a trustworthy seer.
16 He called upon the Lord, the mighty one, with an offering of a nursing lamb when his enemies pressed on him from every side.
17 The Lord thundered from heaven, and he made his voice loudly heard.
18 He destroyed the leaders of the people of Tyre and all the rulers of the Philistines.
19 Before the time of his eternal sleep, Samuel testified before the Lord and his anointed one, "No property, not even a pair of sandals, have I taken from anyone! And not one person accused him.
20 Samuel prophesied after he had fallen asleep, and he showed the king what his end would be. He made his voice heard from the ground in prophecy to wipe out the people's lawless behavior.