The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (7th Edition) (Penguin Classics) by Geza Vermes

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (7th Edition) (Penguin Classics) by Geza Vermes

Author:Geza Vermes
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780141197326
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: 2011-12-01T00:00:00+00:00


[I thank Thee, O Lord]

XVIII (formerly X)

… and nothing exists except by Thy will;

none can consider [Thy deep secrets]

or contemplate Thy [mysteries].

What then is man that is earth,

that is shaped [from clay] and returns to the dust,

that Thou shouldst give him to understand such marvels

5 and make known to him the counsel of [Thy truth]?

Clay and dust that I am,

what can I devise unless Thou wish it,

and what contrive unless Thou desire it?

What strength shall I have

unless Thou keep me upright,

and how shall I understand

unless by (the spirit) which Thou hast shaped for me?

What can I say unless Thou open my mouth

and how can I answer unless Thou enlighten me?

Behold, Thou art Prince of gods

and King of majesties,

Lord of all spirits,

and Ruler of all creatures;

nothing is done without Thee,

and nothing is known without Thy will.

10 Beside Thee there is nothing,

and nothing can compare with Thee in strength;

in the presence of Thy glory there is nothing,

and Thy might is without price.

Who among Thy great and marvellous creatures

can stand in the presence of Thy glory?

How then can he who returns to his dust?

For Thy glory’s sake alone hast Thou made all these things.


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