17 Then the Lord formed human beings from the dust and sent each of them back to it again. 2 He gave them only a limited time to live, but he gave them authority over everything on earth. 3 He made them to be like himself, and gave them his[a] own strength. 4 He made all other creatures afraid of them; he gave them authority over all the animals and birds.[b] 6 He gave them their tongues, their eyes, their ears, their minds, and their consciences. 7 He filled them with knowledge and understanding and showed them the difference between good and evil. 8 He gave them his own insight to let them see the majesty of his creation.[c] 10 They will praise his holy name and proclaim the greatness of all he does. 11 He made knowledge available to them and gave them the Law as a source of life. 12 He made an eternal covenant with them and revealed his commands to them.
Sirach 17:4Some manuscripts add verse 5: The Lord gave them the five senses, but he also gave them a sixth—intelligence, and a seventh—reason, which enables them to interpret what comes to them through the senses.
Sirach 17:8Some manuscripts add verse 9: and he allowed them to take pride forever in his marvelous deeds.
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