Sirach 17:1-24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
17 The Lord created human beings out of earth,
and makes them return to it again.
2 He gave them a fixed number of days,
but granted them authority over everything on the earth.
3 He endowed them with strength like his own,
and made them in his own image.
4 He put the fear of them in all living beings,
and gave them dominion over beasts and birds.
6 Discretion and tongue and eyes,
ears and a mind for thinking he gave them.
7 He filled them with knowledge and understanding,
and showed them good and evil.
8 He put the fear of him into their hearts
to show them the majesty of his works.
10 And they will praise his holy name,
9 to proclaim the grandeur of his works.
11 He bestowed knowledge upon them,
and allotted to them the law of life.
12 He established with them an eternal covenant,
and revealed to them his decrees.
13 Their eyes saw his glorious majesty,
and their ears heard the glory of his voice.
14 He said to them, “Beware of all evil.”
And he gave commandment to each of them concerning the neighbor.
15 Their ways are always known to him;
they will not be hid from his eyes.
17 He appointed a ruler for every nation,
but Israel is the Lord’s own portion.
19 All their works are as clear as the sun before him,
and his eyes are ever upon their ways.
20 Their iniquities are not hidden from him,
and all their sins are before the Lord.
22 One’s almsgiving is like a signet ring with the Lord,
and he will keep a person’s kindness like the apple of his eye.
23 Afterward he will rise up and repay them,
and he will bring their recompense on their heads.
24 Yet to those who repent he grants a return,
and he encourages those who are losing hope.