Wisdom of Sirach 17

1The Lord created man of the earth, and turned him into it again.
2He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein.
3He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image,
4And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls.
5They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof.
6Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand.
7Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and showed them good and evil.
8He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might show them the greatness of his works.
9He gave them to glory in his marvelous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding.
10And the elect shall praise his holy name.
11Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage.
12He made an everlasting covenant with them, and showed them his judgments.
13Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice.
14And he said to them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbor.
15Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes.
16Every man from his youth is given to evil; neither could they make to themselves fleshy hearts for stony.
17For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is the Lord's portion:
18Whom, being his firstborn, he nourishes with discipline, and giving him the light of his love does not forsake him.
19Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways.
20None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord
21But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared them.
22The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and daughters.
23Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads.
24But to them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience.
25Return to the Lord, and forsake your sins, make your prayer before his face, and offend less.
26Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead you out of darkness into the light of health, and hate you abomination vehemently.
27Who shall praise the most High in the grave, instead of them which live and give thanks?
28Thanksgiving perishes from the dead, as from one that is not: the living and sound in heart shall praise the Lord.
29How great is the lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his compassion to such as turn to him in holiness!
30For all things can't be in men, because the son of man is not immortal.
31What is brighter than the sun? yet the light thereof fails; and flesh and blood will imagine evil.
32He views the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes.

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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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