The great house of God (Bar 3:24-3:25)

“O Israel!

How great is

The house of God!

How vast the territory

That he possesses!

It is great.

It has no bounds.

It is high.

It is immeasurable.”

Baruch expounded the greatness of Israel with its vast territory as the house of God. This seems so out of place for the exiles in Babylon who had no land.   However, it was both remembrance and aspirational. Baruch talked about the greatness of Israel with no bounds and immeasurable heights.

Deliverance (Sir 51:2-51:4)

“You have been my protector!

You have been my helper!

You have delivered me

From destruction!

You have delivered me

From the trap laid

By a slanderous tongue!

You have delivered me

From lips that utter lies!

In the face of my adversaries

You have been my helper.

In the greatness of your mercy,

In the greatness of your name,

You have delivered me

From grinding teeth

About to devour me.

You have delivered me

From those seeking my life.

You delivered me

From the many troubles

I endured.

You delivered me

From choking fire on every side.

You delivered me

From the midst of the fire

That I had not kindled.”

The Lord was his protector and helper. The Lord delivered him from many different awkward situations. He delivered him from destruction, slanderous traps, lying lips, grinding teeth, those trying to kill him, enduring troubles, fires on every side, and fires that he had not started. All this he did out of the greatness of his mercy and his name.