1 Shim’on the kohĕn ha’gadol, the son of Onyah,
Who in his life repaired the House again,
And in his days fortified the Hĕyḵal;
2 And by him the double height from the foundation was built,
The high fortress of the wall around the Hĕyḵal;
3 In his days the cistern to receive water, being surrounded as the sea,
Was covered with plates of bronze;
4 He looked after of the Hĕyḵal that it should not fall,
And fortified the city against a siege.
5 How esteemed he was in the midst of the people,
When coming out of the Miqdash!
6 He was as the morning star in the midst of a cloud,
And as the moon in its fullness;
7 As the sun shining upon the Hĕyḵal of the Most High,
And as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds,
8 And as the flower of roses in the spring of the year;
As lilies by the rivers of water,
And as the branches of frankincense in the time of summer;
9 As fire and incense in the fire holder,
And as a vessel of beaten gold mounted with all kinds of precious stones;
10 And as a fair olive tree budding forth fruit,
And as a cypress which grows up to the clouds.
11 When he put on the robe of esteem,
And was clothed with the perfection of esteem,
When he went up to the qodesh altar,
He made the garment of qodeshah esteemed.
12 When he took the portion out of the hands of the kohenim,
He himself stood by the hearth of the altar,
Surrounded as a young cedar in Leḇanon;
And as palm trees they surrounded him.
13 So were all the sons of Aharon in their esteem,
And the offerings of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 in their hands,
Before all the assembly of Yisra’ĕl.
14 And finishing the service at the altar,
That he might adorn the offering of the Most High Almighty,
15 He stretched out his hand to the cup,
And pouring the blood of the grape,
He poured out at the foot of the altar,
A sweet fragrance to the Most High Sovereign of all.
16 Then the sons of Aharon shouted,
And sounded the silver trumpets,
And made a great noise to be heard,
For a remembrance before the Most High.
17 Then all the people hurried together,
And fell down on their faces on the earth to worship 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Ĕl Shaddai, the Most High.
18 The singers also sang praises with their voices,
With all kinds of sounds sweet melody was made.
19 And the people sought 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 the Most High,
By prayer before He who is kind,
Till the qodeshah of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄had ended,
And they had finished His service.
20 Then he went down,
and raised his hands over the whole assembly of the children of Yisra’ĕl,
To give the beraḵah of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 with his lips, and to rejoice in His Name.
21 And they bowed themselves down to worship a second time,
That they might receive a beraḵah from the Most High.
22 Now therefore baraḵ the Elohim of all,
Who does only wondrously everywhere,
Who exalts our days from the womb,
And deals with us according to His kindness.
23 He gives joy to the heart,
And that peace may be in our days in Yisra’ĕl forever;
24 That He would confirm His kindness with us,
And deliver us in His time!
25 There are two manner of nations which my heart abhors,
And the third is no nation:
26 Those who sit on the mountain of Shomeron,
And those who dwell among the Pelishtites,
And those foolish people who dwell in Sheḵem.
27 Yahoshua the son of Sira of Yerushalayim,
Has written in this book the instruction of understanding and knowledge,
From whose heart poured out wisdom.
28 Baruḵ is he who shall be exercised in these;
And he who treasures them up in his heart shall become wise.
29 For if he does them, he shall be strong in all;
For the light of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 leads he who gives wisdom to the reverent.
Baruḵ be the Name of forever.