O Sirach

Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire
And his word burned like a torch
He brought a famine upon them
And by his zeal he made them few in number
By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens
And also three times brought down fire
How glorious you were O Elijah in your wondrous deeds!
And who has the right to boast which you have?
You who raised a corpse from death and from Hades
By the Word of the Most High
Who brought kings down to destruction
And famous men from their beds
Who heard rebuke at Sinai
And judgments of vengeance at Horeb
Who anointed kings to inflict retribution
And prophets to succeed you
You who were taken up by a whirlwind of fire
In a chariot with horses of fire
You who are ready at the appointed time
It is written
To calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in a fury
To turn the heart of the father to the son
And to restore the tribes of Jacob
Blessed are those who saw you
And those who have been adorned in love
For we also shall surely live

Sirach 48:1-11


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