Sirach 17

1 The Lord created a human being out of earth, and he returned that human being into it again.
2 God gave human beings a set number of days and a fixed time, and he gave them authority over the things that are upon the earth.
3 God endowed them with strength like his, and he made them according to his image.
4 God made all living beings afraid of them, so that they might exercise dominion over the animals and birds.
6 God gave them the capacity to plan, a tongue and eyes, ears and a mind for thinking.
7 God filled them with common sense, and he showed them good things and bad.
8 God put awe for him in their hearts, in order to show them the greatness of his works.
9 So that they might tell of the magnificence of his works,
10 they will praise his holy name.
11 God placed knowledge before them, and he gave them a code for living.
12 God established an eternal covenant with them, and he showed them his decrees.
13 They saw the majesty of his glory with their own eyes, and they heard his glorious voice with their own ears.
14 God said to them, "Beware of every injustice," and he gave each of them commandments concerning their neighbor.
15 Their ways are always before him; they won't be hidden from his sight.
17 God appointed a leader for each nation, and Israel is the Lord's responsibility.
19 All of their deeds are before him as plain as the sun, and his eyes are always on their ways.
20 Their wrongs are not hidden from him, and all their sins are exposed in the Lord's presence.
22 A person's acts of charity are like a seal with him, and he will treasure a person's generosity like the apple of his eye.
23 Afterward God will rise up and repay them; he will deliver their repayment upon their heads. who were abandoning hope.
24 However, for those who changed their hearts and minds, God granted a way back, and he encouraged those
25 Turn back to the Lord and leave sin behind; offer prayers in his presence, and reduce your offense.
26 Return to the Most High, and turn from injustice, and hate what he detests.
27 Who will praise the Most High in the grave instead of the living and those who give thanks?
28 From the dead thanksgiving has perished, since they are no longer alive; those who are alive and healthy will praise the Lord.
29 How great is the Lord's mercy! How quickly is he reconciled with those who turn back to him!
30 Human beings can't do all things, because no person is immortal.
31 What shines brighter than the sun? Even that fails. Flesh and blood will hanker after evil.
32 The Lord examines the might of heaven's height, and all human beings are dust and ashes.