The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 42:15–25


15  And now, I will remember the works of the Lord, and I will announce what I have seen. The words of the Lord are in his works.

15  I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works.

16  The sun illuminates and considers all things, and its work shows the fullness of the glory of the Lord.

16  The sun that giveth light looketh upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the Lord.

17  Has not the Lord caused the holy ones to describe all his miracles, which the all-powerful Lord has firmly established in his glory?

17  The Lord hath not given power to the saints to declare all his marvellous works, which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that whatsoever is might be established for his glory.

18  He has examined the abyss and the hearts of men. And he has considered their astuteness.

18  He seeketh out the deep, and the heart, and considereth their crafty devices: for the Lord knoweth all that may be known, and he beholdeth the signs of the world.

19  For the Lord comprehends all knowledge, and he has gazed upon the signs of the times: announcing the things of the past, as well as the things of the future, and revealing the traces of hidden things.

19  He declareth the things that are past, and for to come, and revealeth the steps of hidden things.

20  No thought passes by him unnoticed, and no word can conceal itself from him.

20  No thought escapeth him, neither any word is hidden from him.

21  He has adorned the magnificent works of his wisdom. He is before eternity and even unto eternity. And nothing can be added,

21  He hath garnished the excellent works of his wisdom, and he is from everlasting to everlasting: unto him may nothing be added, neither can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.


22  and nothing can be taken away. And he has no need of any counselor.


23  O how desirable are all his works! And all that we consider is but a spark.

Sir42:22  Oh how desirable are all his works! and that a man may see even to a spark.

24  All these works exist, and they remain in the present age, and they all obey him in every purpose.

Sir42:23  All these things live and remain for ever for all uses, and they are all obedient.

25  All things are two-fold, one facing another, and he has not made anything to be lacking.

Sir42:24  All things are double one against another: and he hath made nothing imperfect.