May 28, 2013, Reading

Sirach 35: 1 – 12


He who keeps the law makes many offerings; he who heeds the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.

2 He who returns a kindness offers fine flour, and he who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering.
3 To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord, and to forsake unrighteousness is atonement.
4 Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed,
5 for all these things are to be done because of the commandment.

The offering of a righteous man anoints the altar, and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High.

The sacrifice of a righteous man is acceptable, and the memory of it will not be forgotten.

Glorify the Lord generously, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.

With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness.

10 Give to the Most High as he has given, and as generously as your hand has found.

11 For the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold.

12 Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; and do not trust to an unrighteous sacrifice; for the Lord is the judge, and with him is no partiality.



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