Saturday, February 11, 2012

Interesting Reading From The Apocrypha

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 15:14-20
(My paraphrase based on readings from the following: 1568 Bishops' Bible, 1587 Geneva Bible, 1899 Douay-Rheims Bible and the 1611 King James Bible)

14) He made man from the beginning, and placed in his hand the freedom to make his own choices, and gave him His commandments and precepts.
15) If you will observe the commandments and live an acceptable life of faithfulness forever, they shall preserve you.
16) He has set water and fire before you, reach out your hand to the one of your choosing.
17) Before man is life and death, good and evil, which ever he desires will be given him.
18) For the wisdom of God is great and mighty in power, and continually beholds all things.
19) The eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear Him, and He knows all the works of man.
20) He has commanded no man to act wickedly, nor has He given any man permission to sin.

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