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Sirach 17 : 1 - 31

Chapter 17

1God created man of the earth, and made him after his own image.
2And he turned him into it again, and clothed him with strength according to himself.
3He gave him the number of his days and time, and gave him power over all things that are upon the earth.
4He put the fear of him upon all flesh, and he had dominion over beasts and fowls.
5He created of him a helpmate like to himself: he gave them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise: and he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.
6He created in them the science of the spirit, he filled their heart with wisdom, and shewed them both good and evil.
7He set his eye upon their hearts to shew them the greatness of his works:
8That they might praise the name which he hath sanctified: and glory in his wondrous acts, that they might declare the glorious things of his works.
9Moreover he gave them instructions, and the law of life for an inheritance.
10He made an everlasting covenant with them, and he shewed them his justice and judgments.
11And their eye saw the majesty of his glory. and their ears heard his glorious voice, and he said to them: Beware of all iniquity.
12And he gave to every one of them commandment concerning his neighbour.
13Their ways are always before him, they are not hidden from his eyes.
14Over every nation he set a ruler.
15And Israel was made the manifest portion of God.
16And all their works are as the sun in the sight of God: and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
17Their covenants were not hid by their iniquity, and all their iniquities are in the sight of God.
18The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and shall preserve the grace of a man as the apple of the eye:
19And afterward he shall rise up, and shall render them their reward, to every one upon their own head, and shall turn them down into the bowels of the earth.
20But to the penitent he hath given the way of justice, and he hath strengthened them that were fainting in patience, and hath appointed to them the lot of truth.
21Turn to the Lord, and forsake thy sins:
22Make thy prayer before the face of the Lord, and offend less.
23Return to the Lord, and turn away from thy injustice, and greatly hate abomination.
24And know the justices and judgments of God, and stand firm in the lot set before thee, and in prayer to the most high God.
25Go to the side of the holy age, with them that live and give praise to God.
26Tarry not in the error of the ungodly, give glory before death. Praise perisheth from the dead as nothing.
27Give thanks whilst thou art living, whilst thou art alive and in health thou shalt give thanks, and shalt praise God, and shalt glory in his mercies.
28How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness to them that turn to him I
29For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal, and they are delighted with the vanity of evil.
30What is brighter than the sun; yet it shall be eclipsed. Or what is more wicked than that which flesh and blood hath invented? and this shall be reproved.
31He beholdeth the power of the height of heaven: and all men are earth and ashes.

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