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23 [a]But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
    and you overlook sins for the sake of repentance.(A)
24 For you love all things that are
    and loathe nothing that you have made;
    for you would not fashion what you hate.(B)
25 How could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
    or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?(C)
26 But you spare all things, because they are yours,
    O Ruler and Lover of souls,(D)
    for your imperishable spirit is in all things!(E)

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  1. 11:23 The combination of divine mercy and power is an unusual paradox, but cf. 12:15–18; Ps 62:12–13; Sir 2:18. The main emphasis is on a creating that is motivated by love; the divine “imperishable spirit” (either Wisdom as in 1:4, 7, or perhaps the breath of life as in Gn 2:7) is in everything (12:1).

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