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Sirach 43:23-33 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

23 By his counsel he stilled the great deep
    and planted islands in it.
24 Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers,
    and we marvel at what we hear.
25 for in it are strange and marvelous works,
    all kinds of living things, and huge creatures of the sea.
26 Because of him his messenger finds the way,
    and by his word all things hold together.

27 Though we speak much we cannot reach the end,
    and the sum of our words is: “He is the all.”
28 Where shall we find strength to praise him?
    For he is greater than all his works.
29 Terrible is the Lord and very great,
    and marvelous is his power.
30 When you praise the Lord, exalt him as much as you can;
    for he will surpass even that.
When you exalt him, put forth all your strength,
    and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
31 Who has seen him and can describe him?
    Or who can extol him as he is?
32 Many things greater than these lie hidden,
    for we have seen but few of his works.
33 For the Lord has made all things,
    and to the godly he has granted wisdom.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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