Let us now praise famous Men
1 Let us now sing the praises of famous men,
our ancestors in their generations.
2 The Lord apportioned to them great glory,
his majesty from the beginning.
3 There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,
and made a name for themselves by their valor;
those who gave counsel because they were intelligent;
those who spoke in prophetic oracles;
4 those who led the people by their counsels
and by their knowledge of the people's lore;
they were wise in their words of instruction;
5 those who composed musical tunes,
or put verses in writing;
6 rich men endowed with resources,
living peacefully in their homes-
7 all these were honored in their generations,
and were the pride of their times.
8 Some of them have left behind a name,
so that others declare their praise.
9 But of others there is no memory;
they have perished as though they had never existed;
they have become as though they had never been born,
they and their children after them.
10 But these also were godly men,
whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;
11 their wealth will remain with their descendants,
and their inheritance with their children's children.
12 Their descendants stand by the covenants;
their children also, for their sake.
13 Their offspring will continue forever,
and their glory will never be blotted out.
14 Their bodies are buried in peace,
but their name lives on generation after generation.
15 The assembly declares their wisdom,
and the congregation proclaims their praise.
Another Version of Translation
Let us praise famous men,
and our fathers that beget us.
The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through
his great power from the beginning.
Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms,
men renowned for their power,
giving counsel by their understanding,
and declaring prophecies:
Leaders of the people by their counsels,
and by their knowledge of learning
meet for the people, wise and eloquent
are their instructions:
Such as found out musical tunes,
and recited verses in writing:
Rich men furnished with ability,
living peaceably in their habitations:
All these were honoured in their generations, and
were the glory of their times.
There be of them, that have left a name
behind them, that their praises might be reported.
And some there be, which have no memorial;who
are perished, as though they had never been; and are become
as though they had never been born; and their
children after them.
But these were merciful men,
whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
With their seed shall continually remain
a good inheritance, and their children are
within the covenant.
Their seed standeth fast,
and their children for their sakes.
Their seed shall remain for ever,
and their glory shall not be blotted out.
Their bodies are buried in peace;
but their name liveth for evermore.
The people will tell of their wisdom,
and the congregation will shew forth their praise.