4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors; those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 5 How long will this go on, O Lord? Will you stay angry forever? How long will your rage burn like fire? 6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not pray to you. 7 For they have devoured Jacob and destroyed his home. 8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations. Quickly send your compassion our way, for we are in serious trouble.
23 Lord, we know that people do not control their own destiny. It is not in their power to determine what will happen to them. 24 Correct us, Lord, but only in due measure. Do not punish us in anger, or you will reduce us to nothing. 25 Vent your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you. Vent it on the peoples who do not worship you. For they have destroyed the people of Jacob. They have completely destroyed them and left their homeland in utter ruin.”
Notes and References
"... Sirach 36:7 contains a fervent request ... These imperative petitions have parallels in Jeremiah 10:25 and Psalm 79:6 ("Pour out your wrath on the nations"), and Psalm 78:38 ("He restrained his anger and did not stir up all his wrath"). Both psalms - Psalm 78 and 79 - are history psalms that contain many Deuteronomistic expressions and features. As the analysis so far has shown, also the prayer in Sirach 36 is branded by its adherence to Deuteronomistic themes and vocabulary ..."
Marttila, Marko Foreign Nations in the Wisdom of Ben Sira: A Jewish Sage between Opposition and Assimilation (p. 140) De Gruyter, 2012
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