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Chapter 17

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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. i Other ancient authorities add as verse 21, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of acceptance; obduracy and pride are the beginning of rejection. 3 He endowed them with strength like his own, j Heb: Gk sin against and made them in his own image. 4 He put the fear of them k Heb Lat: Gk their own life in all living beings, and gave them dominion over beasts and birds. a Other ancient authorities add as verses 15 and 16, 15Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of the law come from the Lord; affection and the ways of good works come from him. 16Error and darkness were created with sinners; evil grows old with those who take pride in malice. 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 b Heb: Gk is in their hearts to show them the majesty of his works. c Heb: Gk and through his children a person becomes known 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. d Heb: Gk downfall 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. e Other ancient authorities add and he is keeping them for the day of their punishment 17 He appointed a ruler for every nation, but Israel is the Lord's own portion. f Other ancient authorities read punished 19 All their works are as clear as the sun before him, and his eyes are ever upon their ways. 20 Their iniquities are not hidden from him, and all their sins are before the Lord. g Heb: Gk grieved 22 One's almsgiving is like a signet ring with the Lord, h Gk He and he will keep a person's kindness like the apple of his eye. i Other ancient authorities read in your folly 23 Afterward he will rise up and repay them, and he will bring their recompense on their heads. 24 Yet to those who repent he grants a return, and he encourages those who are losing hope.

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Turn back to the Lord and forsake your sins; pray in his presence and lessen your offense. 26 Return to the Most High and turn away from iniquity, j Other ancient authorities add as verse 14, When you hear these things in your sleep, wake up! During all your life love the Lord, and call on him for your salvation. and hate intensely what he abhors. 27 Who will sing praises to the Most High in Hades in place of the living who give thanks? 28 From the dead, as from one who does not exist, thanksgiving has ceased; those who are alive and well sing the Lord's praises. 29 How great is the mercy of the Lord, and his forgiveness for those who return to him! 30 For not everything is within human capability, since human beings are not immortal. 31 What is brighter than the sun? Yet it can be eclipsed. So flesh and blood devise evil. 32 He marshals the host of the height of heaven; but all human beings are dust and ashes.

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b Other ancient authorities add as verse 21, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of acceptance; obduracy and pride are the beginning of rejection.

c Heb: Gk sin against

d Heb Lat: Gk their own life

a Other ancient authorities add as verses 15 and 16, 15Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of the law come from the Lord; affection and the ways of good works come from him. 16Error and darkness were created with sinners; evil grows old with those who take pride in malice.

a Heb: Gk is in

b Heb: Gk and through his children a person becomes known

c Heb: Gk downfall

d Other ancient authorities add and he is keeping them for the day of their punishment

a Other ancient authorities read punished

b Heb: Gk grieved

c Gk He

a Other ancient authorities read in your folly

b Other ancient authorities add as verse 14, When you hear these things in your sleep, wake up! During all your life love the Lord, and call on him for your salvation.

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