Daily Verse Reading – Sirach 17:1-15

creationbeauty17 The Lord created human beings out of earth,
and makes them return to it again.
2 He gave them a fixed number of days,
but granted them authority over everything on the earth.[a]
3 He endowed them with strength like his own,[b]
and made them in his own image.
4 He put the fear of them[c] in all living beings,
and gave them dominion over beasts and birds.[d]
6 Discretion and tongue and eyes,
ears and a mind for thinking he gave them.
7 He filled them with knowledge and understanding,
and showed them good and evil.
8 He put the fear of him into[e] their hearts
to show them the majesty of his works.[f]
10 And they will praise his holy name,
9 to proclaim the grandeur of his works.
11 He bestowed knowledge upon them,
and allotted to them the law of life.[g]
12 He established with them an eternal covenant,
and revealed to them his decrees.
13 Their eyes saw his glorious majesty,
and their ears heard the glory of his voice.
14 He said to them, “Beware of all evil.”
And he gave commandment to each of them concerning the neighbor.
15 Their ways are always known to him;
they will not be hid from his eyes.[h]

Footnotes:
Sirach 17:2 Lat: Gk it
Sirach 17:3 Lat: Gk proper to them
Sirach 17:4 Syr: Gk him
Sirach 17:4 Other ancient authorities add as verse 5, They obtained the use of the five faculties of the Lord; as sixth he distributed to them the gift of mind, and as seventh, reason, the interpreter of one’s faculties.
Sirach 17:8 Other ancient authorities read He set his eye upon
Sirach 17:8 Other ancient authorities add and he gave them to boast of his marvels forever
Sirach 17:11 Other ancient authorities add so that they may know that they who are alive now are mortal
Sirach 17:15 Other ancient authorities add 16 Their ways from youth tend toward evil, and they are unable to make for themselves
hearts of flesh in place of their stony hearts. 17 For in the division of the nations of the whole earth, he appointed
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
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