1Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house again, and in his days fortified the temple:
2And by him was built from the foundation the double height, the high fortress of the wall about the temple:
4He took care of the temple that it should not fall, and fortified the city against besieging:
5How was he honoured in the midst of the people in his coming out of the sanctuary!
6He was as the morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full:
8And as the flower of roses in the spring of the year, as lilies by the rivers of waters, and as the branches of the frankincense tree in the time of summer:
10And as a fair olive tree budding forth fruit, and as a cypress tree which groweth up to the clouds.
11When he put on the robe of honour, and was clothed with the perfection of glory, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the garment of holiness honourable.
12When he took the portions out of the priests’ hands, he himself stood by the hearth of the altar, compassed about, as a young cedar in Libanus; and as palm trees compassed they him round about.
13So were all the sons of Aaron in their glory, and the oblations of the Lord in their hands, before all the congregation of Israel.
14And finishing the service at the altar, that he might adorn the offering of the most high Almighty,
15He stretched out his hand to the cup, and poured of the blood of the grape, he poured out at the foot of the altar a sweetsmelling savour unto the most high King of all.
16Then shouted the sons of Aaron, and sounded the silver trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard, for a remembrance before the most High.
17Then all the people together hasted, and fell down to the earth upon their faces to worship their Lord God Almighty, the most High.
18The singers also sang praises with their voices, with great variety of sounds was there made sweet melody.
19And the people besought the Lord, the most High, by prayer before him that is merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was ended, and they had finished his service.
21And they bowed themselves down to worship the second time, that they might receive a blessing from the most High.
24That he would confirm his mercy with us, and deliver us at his time!
26They that sit upon the mountain of Samaria, and they that dwell among the Philistines, and that foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
27Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem hath written in this book the instruction of understanding and knowledge, who out of his heart poured forth wisdom.
28Blessed is he that shall be exercised in these things; and he that layeth them up in his heart shall become wise.