Sirach 42:15

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

13 for from garments comes the moth, and from a woman comes woman's wickedness. 14 Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; it is woman who brings shame and disgrace. 15 I will now call to mind the works of the Lord, and will declare what I have seen. By the word of the Lord his works are made; and all his creatures do his will. 16 The sun looks down on everything with its light, and the work of the Lord is full of his glory. 17 The Lord has not empowered even his holy ones to recount all his marvelous works, which the Lord the Almighty has established so that the universe may stand firm in his glory.

John 1:3

New Testament

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

 Notes and References

"... As a preparation for the Praise of the Ancestors (44:1–50:24), Ben Sira celebrates God’s marvelous creation. According to 42:15, the purpose of the hymn is to recall God’s actions (Psalm 77:12) and recount what the sage has seen (Job 15:17). God created the universe through the word (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3), and the divine glory shines as clearly as sunlight (Psalm 19:2-7; Romans 1:20). Despite being in God’s presence, angels (“holy ones”) are not fully aware of the marvels of divine power (Job 15:15). The omniscient God searches inscrutable regions (42:18), not only the depths of the sea (Job 38:16), but also the human heart (Proverbs 15:11; Judith 8:14). According to 42:18-22, God’s knowledge includes the past and the future (Isaiah 41:21-23), since God sees all the ages (39:20) while remaining unchanging. Hence there is no addition or subtraction with God (Ecclesiastes 3:14), nor is there any need for an advisor (Isaiah 40:13; Romans 11:34). Ben Sira next acknowledges the beautiful harmony of creation (42:23-25), in which everything created has a stable form of existence. Ben Sira does not mean that every creature lives forever, since both humans and animals die (14:17-18; 41:3). Rather, each creature exists for a particular purpose. In fact, God has created the world with a balance of opposites (11:14; 33:14-15), such as light and darkness (Genesis 1:3-5; Isaiah 45:7) ..."

Durken, Daniel The New Collegeville Bible Commentary: In One Volume (p. 1277) Liturgical Press, 2017

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