Sirach 18:1Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
1 He who lives forever created the whole universe; 2 the Lord alone is just. 3 He steers the world with the span of his hand, and all things obey his will; for he is king of all things by his power, separating among them the holy things from the profane. 4 To none has he given power to proclaim his works; and who can search out his mighty deeds? 5 Who can measure his majestic power? And who can fully recount his mercies?
13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet, and he wore a wide golden belt around his chest. 14 His head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive—forever and ever—and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things.
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