The praises of the holy fathers, in particular of Enoch, Noe, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
1 Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation.
Laudemus viros gloriosos, et parentes nostros in generatione sua.
2 The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning.
Multam gloriam fecit Dominus : magnificentia sua a saeculo.
3 Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets,
Dominantes in potestatibus suis, homines magni virtute et prudentia sua praediti, nuntiantes in prophetis dignitatem prophetarum :
4 And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words.
et imperantes in praesenti populo, et virtute prudentiae populis sanctissima verba :
5 Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
in peritia sua requirentes modos musicos, et narrantes carmina Scripturarum :
6 Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses.
homines divites in virtute, pulchritudinis studium habentes, pacificantes in domibus suis.
7 All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days.
Omnes isti in generationibus gentis suae gloriam adepti sunt, et in diebus suis habentur in laudibus.
8 They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related:
Qui de illis nati sunt reliquerunt nomen narrandi laudes eorum.
9 And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them.
Et sunt quorum non est memoria : perierunt quasi qui non fuerint : et nati sunt quasi non nati, et filii ipsorum cum ipsis.
10 But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
Sed illi viri misericordiae sunt, quorum pietates non defuerunt.
11 Good things continue with their seed,
Cum semine eorum permanent bona :
12 Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants.
haereditas sancta nepotes eorum, et in testamentis stetit semen eorum :
13 And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken.
et filii eorum propter illos usque in aeternum manent : semen eorum et gloria eorum non derelinquetur.
14 Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation.
Corpora ipsorum in pace sepulta sunt, et nomen eorum vivit in generationem et generationem.
15 Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
Sapientiam ipsorum narrent populi, et laudem eorum nuntiet ecclesia.
16 Henoch pleased God, and was translated into paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.
Enoch placuit Deo, et translatus est in paradisum, ut det gentibus poenitentiam.
17 Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation.
Noe inventus est perfectus, justus, et in tempore iracundiae factus est reconciliatio.
18 Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth, when the flood came.
Ideo dimissum est reliquum terrae, cum factum est diluvium.
19 The covenants of the world were made with him, that all flesh should no more be destroyed with the flood.
Testamenta saeculi posita sunt apud illum, ne deleri possit diluvio omnis caro.
20 Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him.
Abraham magnus pater multitudinis gentium, et non est inventus similis illi in gloria : qui conservavit legem Excelsi, et fuit in testamento cum illo.
21 In his flesh he established the covenant, and in temptation he was found faithful.
In carne ejus stare fecit testamentum, et in tentatione inventus est fidelis.
22 Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his posterity, that he should increase as the dust of the earth,
Ideo jurejurando dedit illi gloriam in gente sua, crescere illum quasi terrae cumulum,
23 And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and they should inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
et ut stellas exaltare semen ejus, et haereditare illos a mari usque ad mare, et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae.
24 And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of Abraham his father.
Et in Isaac eodem modo fecit, propter Abraham patrem ejus.
25 The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed his covenant upon the head of Jacob.
Benedictionem omnium gentium dedit illi Dominus, et testamentum confirmavit super caput Jacob.
26 He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
Agnovit eum in benedictionibus suis, et dedit illi haereditatem, et divisit illi partem in tribubus duodecim.
27 And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found grace in the eyes of all flesh.
Et conservavit illi homines misericordiae, invenientes gratiam in oculis omnis carnis.