Sirach 2:11

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

9 You who fear the Lord, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. 10 Consider the generations of old and see: has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed? Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord and been forsaken? Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected? 11 For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; he forgives sins and saves in time of distress. 12 Woe to timid hearts and to slack hands, and to the sinner who walks a double path! 13 Woe to the fainthearted who have no trust! Therefore they will have no shelter. Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

1 Clement 60:3

Patristic (First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians)

2 Lay not to our account every sin of Thy servants and Thine handmaids but cleanse us with the cleansing of Thy truth, and guide our step to walk in holiness and righteousness and singleness of hear and to do such things as are good and well pleasing in Thy sigh and in the sight of our rulers. 3 Yea, Lord, make Thy face to shine upon us in peace for our good that we may be sheltered by Thy mighty hand and delivered from every sin by Thine uplifted arm. And deliver us from them that hate us wrongfully. 4 Give concord and peace to us and to all that dwell on the earth, Thou gavest to our fathers, when they called on Thee in faith and truth with holiness, [that we may be saved,] while we render obedience to Thine almighty and most excellent Name, and to our rulers and governors upon the earth. Source

Date: 90-100 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

McDonald, Lee Martin Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings (p. 136) Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

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McDonald, Lee Martin Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings (p. 136) Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

* The use of references are not endorsements of their contents. Please read the entirety of the provided reference(s) to understand the author's full intentions regarding the use of these texts.