|Sirach 50: 1, 3 - 4, 6 - 7
||The leader of his brethren and the pride of his people was Simon the high priest, son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house, and in his time fortified the temple.
||In his days a cistern for water was quarried out, a reservoir like the sea in circumference.
||He considered how to save his people from ruin, and fortified the city to withstand a seige.
||Like the morning star among the clouds, like the moon when it is full;
||like the sun shining upon the temple of the Most High, and like the rainbow gleaming in glorious clouds;