Book of Wisdom
For all men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good
things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or
the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water, or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the
world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their
beauty they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for the
original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they
were struck by their might and energy, let them from these things realize how much more powerful is
he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty
of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less; For they indeed have gone astray perhaps, though
they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search
busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are
But again, not even these are
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the sky proclaims its builder's craft.
One day to the
next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge.
There is no word or sound; no voice is heard;
Yet their report goes forth through all the earth, their message, to
the ends of the world. God has pitched there a tent for the sun;
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 17:26-37.
As it was in the
days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah
entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling,
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, a person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must
not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it
will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be
two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other
They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?" He
said to them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather."