The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 18:1–7


The One who dwells in eternity created all things together. God alone will be justified, and he remains an invincible King for eternity.

He that liveth for ever Hath created all things in general.

Who is able to declare his works?

The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,

For who can examine his greatness?

Who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane.

And who will announce the power of his magnitude? Or who would be able to describe his mercy?

To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts?

There is no diminishing, and no increasing, and there is no discovering, the greatness of God.

Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies?

When man has reached the end, then he will begin. And when he ceases, he will be in need.

As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out.

What is man, and what is his grace? And what is his good, or what is his evil?

When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful.