Hope (Sir 2:7-2:9)

“You who fear the Lord,

Wait for his mercy!

Do not stray!

Otherwise you may fall.

You who fear the Lord,

Trust in him!

Your reward will not be lost.

You who fear the Lord,

Hope for good things!

Hope for lasting joy!

Hope for mercy!”

These are some reprimands for those who fear the Lord. You need to have hope. You should wait for his mercy. You should not stray. Otherwise, you will fall. You should trust in the Lord. Your reward will not be lost. You should hope for good things like everlasting joy and mercy.