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Sirach 43:1-12,27-33

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.


27 We could say more but could never say enough;
   let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
28 Where can we find the strength to praise him?
   For he is greater than all his works.
29 Awesome is the Lord and very great,
   and marvellous is his power.
30 Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
   for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
   and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
31 Who has seen him and can describe him?
   Or who can extol him as he is?
32 Many things greater than these lie hidden,
   for I* have seen but few of his works.
33 For the Lord has made all things,
   and to the godly he has given wisdom.

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