Again, one preparing to sail and about to voyage over raging waves calls upon a piece of wood more fragile than the ship that carries him.
For it was desire for gain that planned that vessel, and wisdom was the artisan who built it;
but it is your providence, O Father, that steers its course, because you have given it a path in the sea, and a safe way through the waves,
showing that you can save from every danger, so that even a person who lacks skill may put to sea.
It is your will that works of your wisdom should not be without effect; therefore people trust their lives even to the smallest piece of wood, and passing through the billows on a raft they come safely to land.
For even in the beginning, when arrogant giants were perishing, the hope of the world took refuge on a raft, and guided by your hand left to the world the seed of a new generation.
For blessed is the wood by which righteousness comes.