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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?

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