|The Lord created man out of earth, |
and turned him back to it again.
|He gave to men few days, a limited time, |
but granted them authority over the things upon the earth.
|He endowed them with strength like his own, |
and made them in his own image.
|He placed the fear of them in all living beings, |
and granted them dominion over beasts and birds.
|He made for them tongue and eyes; |
he gave them ears and a mind for thinking.
|He filled them with knowledge and understanding, |
and showed them good and evil.
|He set his eye upon their hearts |
to show them the majesty of his works.
|And they will praise his holy name, |
to proclaim the grandeur of his works.
|He bestowed knowledge upon them, |
and allotted to them the law of life.
|He established with them an eternal covenant, |
and showed them his judgments.
|Their eyes saw his glorious majesty, |
and their ears heard the glory of his voice.
|And he said to them, "Beware of all unrighteousness." |
And he gave commandment to each of them concerning his neighbor.
|Their ways are always before him, |
they will not be hid from his eyes.
|God is judge. Sir.17.15-24|
|He appointed a ruler for every nation, |
but Israel is the Lord's own portion.
|All their works are as the sun before him, |
and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
|Their iniquities are not hidden from him, |
and all their sins are before the Lord.
|A man's almsgiving is like a signet with the Lord |
and he will keep a person's kindness like the apple of his eye.
|Afterward he will arise and requite them, |
and he will bring their recompense on their heads.
|Yet to those who repent he grants a return, |
and he encourages those whose endurance is failing.
|Turn to the Lord and forsake your sins; |
pray in his presence and lessen your offenses.
|A call to repentance. Sir.17.25-32|
|Return to the Most High and turn away from iniquity, |
and hate abominations intensely.
|Who will sing praises to the Most High in Hades, |
as do those who are alive and give thanks?
|From the dead, as from one who does not exist, thanksgiving has ceased; |
he who is alive and well sings the Lord's praises.
|How great is the mercy of the Lord, |
and his forgiveness for those who turn to him!
|For all things cannot be in men, |
since a son of man is not immortal.
|What is brighter than the sun? Yet its light fails. |
So flesh and blood devise evil.
|He marshals the host of the height of heaven; |
but all men are dust and ashes.
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