1One who keeps the Law multiplies offerings; one who fol ows the commandments offers communionsacrifices. 2Proof of gratitude is an offering of fine flour, almsgiving a sacrifice of praise. 3To abandon wickedness is what pleases the Lord, to give up wrong-doing is an expiatory sacrifice. 4Do not appear empty-handed in the Lord's presence; for all these things are due under thecommandment. 5The offering of the upright graces the altar, and its savour rises before the Most High. 6The sacrifice of the upright is acceptable, its memorial wil not be forgotten. 7Honour the Lord with generosity, do not stint the first-fruits you bring. 8Add a smiling face to al your gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes. 9Give to the Most High as he has given to you, as generously as your means can afford; 10for the Lord is a good rewarder, he wil reward you seven times over. 11Do not try to bribe him with presents, he wil not accept them, do not put your faith in wronglymotivated sacrifices; 12for the Lord is a judge who is utterly impartial. 13He never shows partiality to the detriment of the poor, he listens to the plea of the injured party. 14He does not ignore the orphan's supplication, nor the widow's as she pours out her complaint. 15Do the widow's tears not run down her cheeks, as she accuses the man who is the cause of them? 16Whoever wholeheartedly serves God will be accepted, his petitions wil carry to the clouds. 17The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds: and until it does, he is not to be consoled, 18nor wil he desist until the Most High takes notice of him, acquits the upright and delivers judgement. 19And the Lord will not be slow, nor wil he be dilatory on their behalf, 20until he has crushed the loins of the merciless and exacted vengeance on the nations, 21until he has eliminated the hordes of the arrogant and broken the sceptres of the wicked, 22until he has repaid al people as their deeds deserve and human actions as their intentions merit, 23until he has judged the case of his people and made them rejoice in his mercy. 24Mercy is welcome in time of trouble, like rain clouds in time of drought.
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