Sirach 47

 1 After these things, Nathan the prophet arose, in the days of David 2 And just as fat is separated from meat, so was David separated from the sons of Israel 3 He played with lions, as if with lambs, and he acted similarly with bears, as if they were lambs of the flock, in his youth 4 Did he not kill the giant, and take away the reproach from his people 5 By lifting up his hand, with a stone in a sling, he threw down the boasting of Goliath 6 For he called upon the Almighty Lord, and he swore with his right hand to take away the mighty man of war, and to exalt the horn of his people 7 So he glorified him amid ten thousand, and he praised him with the blessings of the Lord, by offering him a crown of glory 8 For he crushed the enemies on every side, and he eradicated his adversaries, the Philistines, even to this day. He broke their horn, even for all time 9 In all his works, he gave thanks to the Holy One, to the Most High, with words of glory 10 With all his heart, he praised the Lord and he loved God, who made him and who gave him power against his enemies 11 And he appointed singers to stand opposite the altar, and by their voices he provided sweet music 12 And he provided beauty for the celebrations, and he gave order to the times, even until the end of his life, so that they would praise the holy name of the Lord, and magnify the sanctity of God, from early morning 13 The Lord purged his sins, and he exalted his horn forever. And he gave him the covenant of the kingdom, and a throne of glory in Israel 14 After him, an understanding son rose up. And by means of him, he cast down all the power of the enemies 15 Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God subjected all his enemies to him, so that he might build a house in his name, and prepare a sanctuary for all time. O how well-taught you were in your youth 16 And you were filled with wisdom like a river, and your mind exposed the world 17 And you explained mysteries by means of parables. Your name became known to far off islands, and you were beloved for your peace 18 The earth was in wonder over your canticles, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations 19 and over the name of the Lord God, who is known as the God of Israel 20 You gathered gold like copper, and you multiplied silver like lead 21 But you bent your thigh to women, and you were held by the power of your body 22 You brought a stain upon your glory, and you profaned your seed, so as to bring wrath upon your children, and to incite your foolishness 23 so that you would cause the kingdom to be divided, and an obstinate kingdom to rule from Ephraim 24 But God will not abandon his mercy, nor will he corrupt or abolish his own works. And he will not perish the stock of the descendents of his elect. And he will not destroy the offspring of him who loves the Lord 25 Therefore, he left behind a remnant for Jacob and for David, from the same stock 26 And Solomon had his end with his fathers 27 And he left behind himself some of his offspring, as the folly of the nation 28 both Rehoboam, who had little prudence, and who turned away the people by his counsel 29 and Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and who provided a way of sin to Ephraim. And their sins were multiplied exceedingly 30 They thoroughly turned them away from their own land 31 And they sought every kind of wickedness, even until punishment overwhelmed them, and freed them from every kind of sin