Sirach 2

Geneva(i) 1 My sonne, if thou wilt come into the seruice of God, stand fast in righteousnesse and feare, and prepare thy soule to tentation. 2 Settle thine heart, and be patient: bowe downe thine eare, and receiue the wordes of vnderstanding, and shrinke not away, when thou art assayled, but waite vpon God patiently. 3 Ioyne thy selfe vnto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. 4 Whatsoeuer commeth vnto thee, receiue it patiently, & be patient in ye change of thine afflictio. 5 For as gold and siluer are tryed in the fire, eue so are men acceptable in ye fornace of aduersitie. 6 Beleeue in God, and he will helpe thee: order thy way aright, and trust in him: hold fast his feare, and growe olde therein. 7 Ye that feare the Lorde, waite for his mercie shrinke not away from him that ye fall not. 8 Ye that feare the Lord, beleeue him, and your reward shall not faile. 9 O ye that feare ye Lorde, trust in good things, and in the euerlasting ioy and mercie. 10 Ye that feare the Lorde, loue him, and your hearts shall be lightened. 11 Consider the olde generations of men, ye children, and marke them well: was there euer any confounded, that put his trust in the Lorde? or who hath continued in his feare, & was forsaken? or whom did he euer despise, that called vpon him? 12 For God is gracious and mercifull, and forgiueth sinnes, & saueth in the time of trouble, and is a defender for al them that seeke him in the trueth. 13 Woe vnto them, that haue a fearefull heart, and to the wicked lips and to the faint hands, andto the sinner that goeth two maner of waies. 14 Woe vnto him that is faint hearted, for hee beleeueth not: therefore shall he not be defended. 15 Woe vnto you that haue lost patience, and haue forsaken the right waies, and are turned backe into froward waies: for what will ye doe when the Lord shall visite you? 16 They that feare the Lord, wil not disobey his worde: and they that loue him, wil keepe his waies. 17 They that feare the Lorde, will seeke out the things that are pleasant vnto him: and they that loue him, shalbe fulfilled with his Lawe. 18 They that feare the Lord, will prepare their hearts, and humble their soules in his sight. 19 They that feare the Lorde, keepe his comandements, and will be patient till he see them, 20 Saying, If we doe not repent we shal fal into ye hands of the Lord, & not into the hands of men. 21 Yet as his greatnesse is, so is his mercie.