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Wisdom 13

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 1 But all people are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God, and who by these good things that are seen, could not understand the one that is, neither by considering the works have acknowledged who was the worker. [His invisible attributes — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. Rom 1:20]

 2 But have imagined either the fire, or the wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the great water, or the sun and moon, to be the gods that rule the world.

 3 With whose beauty, if they, being delighted, took them to be gods, let them know how much the Lord of them is more beautiful than they; for the first author of beauty made all those things.

 4 Or if they admired their power and their effects, let them understand by them, that the one that made them, is mightier than they.

 5 For by the greatness of the beauty, and of the creature, the creator of them may be seen, so as to be known thereby.

 6 But yet as to these they are less to be blamed, for they perhaps err, seeking God, and desirous to find God.

 7 For being conversant among God’s works, they search, and they are persuaded that the things are good which are seen.

 8 But then again they are not to be pardoned.

 9 For if they were able to know so much as to seek the [created things of the world], why would they not be more motivated to seek the creator of them?

 10 But unhappy are they, and their hope is among the dead, who have called gods the works of human hands, gold and silver, the inventions of art, and the resemblances of beasts, or an unprofitable stone the work of an ancient hand.

 11 Or if an artist, a carpenter, has cut down a tree proper for his use in the wood, and has skillfully taken off all the bark thereof, and with his art, diligently forms a vessel profitable for the common uses of life,

 12 and uses the chips of his work to dress his food;

 13 and taking what was left thereof, which is good for nothing, being a crooked piece of wood, and full of knots, carves it diligently when he has nothing else to do, and by the skill of his art fashions it and makes it like the image of a man;

 14 or the resemblance of some beast, laying it over with vermilion, and painting it red, and covering every spot that is in it;

 15 and makes a convenient dwelling place for it, and setting it in a wall, and fastening it with iron,

 16 providing for it, lest it should fall, knowing that it is unable to help itself, for it is an image, and has need of help.

 17 And then makes prayer to it, inquiring concerning his substance, and his children, or his marriage. And he is not ashamed to speak to that which has no life,

 18 and for health he makes supplication to the weak, and for life prays to that which is dead, and for help calls upon that which is unprofitable,

 19 and for a good journey he petitions him that cannot walk, and for getting, and for working, and for the event of all things he asks him that is unable to do anything.


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