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Sirach 42:15-25Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Works of God in Nature

15 I will now call to mind the works of the Lord,
    and will declare what I have seen.
By the words of the Lord his works are done.
16 The sun looks down on everything with its light,
    and the work of the Lord is full of his glory.
17 The Lord has not enabled his holy ones
    to recount all his marvelous works,
which the Lord the Almighty has established
    that the universe may stand firm in his glory.
18 He searches out the abyss, and the hearts of men,[a]
    and considers their crafty devices.
For the Most High knows all that may be known,
    and he looks into the signs[b] of the age.
19 He declares what has been and what is to be,
    and he reveals the tracks of hidden things.
20 No thought escapes him,
    and not one word is hidden from him.
21 He has ordained the splendors of his wisdom,
    and he is from everlasting and to everlasting.
Nothing can be added or taken away,
    and he needs no one to be his counselor.
22 How greatly to be desired are all his works,
    and how sparkling they are to see![c]
23 All these things live and remain for ever
    for every need, and are all obedient.
24 All things are twofold, one opposite the other,
    and he has made nothing incomplete.
25 One confirms the good things of the other,
    and who can have enough of beholding his glory?

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 42:18 Gk and the heart
  2. Sirach 42:18 Gk sign
  3. Sirach 42:22 The Greek of this line is uncertain
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