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Wisdom 13: 1-9
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11/15/2015 4:07:44 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
1: Foolish by nature were all who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing the one who is,*
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan
2: Instead either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors* of the world, they considered gods.
3: Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them
4: Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them realize from these things how much more powerful is the one who made them.
5: For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
6: But yet, for these the blame is less;*
For they have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
7: For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
8: But again, not even these are pardonable.
9: For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?