The Bible in Its Traditions

Wisdom 19:18–21

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18  For the countryside was transformed by water, and things which were swimming, crossed over the land.

Ws19:19  For earthly things were turned into watery, and the things, that before swam in the water, now went upon the ground.

19  Fire prevailed in the midst of water, beyond its own power, and the water forgot its quenching nature.

Ws19:20  The fire had power in the water, forgetting his own virtue: and the water forgat his own quenching nature.

20  On the other hand, the flames did not trouble the bodies of the mortal animals walking around, nor did they melt that good food, which is as easily melted as ice. For in all things, O Lord, you magnified your people, and honored them, and did not despise them, but at every time and in every place, you assisted them.

Ws19:21  On the other side, the flames wasted not the flesh of the corruptible living things, though they walked therein; neither melted they the icy kind of heavenly meat that was of nature apt to melt.

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21  For in all things, O Lord, thou didst magnify thy people, and glorify them, neither didst thou lightly regard them: but didst assist them in every time and place.