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Ecclesiasticus 43:1-12

The Splendour of the Sun

43The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky,
   as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
2 The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
   what a marvellous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.
3 At noon it parches the land,
   and who can withstand its burning heat?
4 A man tending* a furnace works in burning heat,
   but three times as hot is the sun scorching the mountains;
it breathes out fiery vapours,
   and its bright rays blind the eyes.
5 Great is the Lord who made it;
   at his orders it hurries on its course.

The Splendour of the Moon


6 It is the moon that marks the changing seasons,*
   governing the times, their everlasting sign.
7 From the moon comes the sign for festal days,
   a light that wanes when it completes its course.
8 The new moon, as its name suggests, renews itself;*
   how marvellous it is in this change,
a beacon to the hosts on high,
   shining in the vault of the heavens!

The Glory of the Stars and the Rainbow


9 The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven,
   a glittering array in the heights of the Lord.
10 On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places;
   they never relax in their watches.
11 Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it;
   it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
12 It encircles the sky with its glorious arc;
   the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.

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