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| Chapter XX.—The peace and harmony of the universe. |
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Chapter XX.—The peace and harmony of
The heavens, revolving under His government,
are subject to Him in peace. Day and night run the course appointed by
Him, in no wise hindering each other. The sun and moon, with the
companies of the stars, roll on in harmony according to His command,
within their prescribed limits, and without any deviation. The fruitful
earth, according to His will, brings forth food in abundance, at the
proper seasons, for man and beast and all the living beings upon it,
never hesitating, nor changing any of the ordinances which He has fixed.
The unsearchable places of abysses, and the indescribable arrangements of
the lower world, are restrained by the same laws. The vast unmeasurable
sea, gathered together by His working into various basins,87
never passes beyond the bounds
placed around it, but does as He has commanded. For He said, “Thus
far shalt thou come, and thy waves shall be broken within
The ocean, impassable
to man, and the worlds beyond it, are regulated by the same enactments of
the Lord. The seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, peacefully
give place to one another. The winds in their several quarters89
fulfil, at the proper time, their service without hindrance.
The ever-flowing fountains, formed both for enjoyment and health, furnish
without fail their breasts for the life of men. The very smallest
of living beings meet together in peace and concord. All these
the great Creator and Lord of all has appointed to exist in peace and
harmony; while He does good to all, but most abundantly to us who have
fled for refuge to His compassions through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom
be glory and majesty for ever and ever. Amen.
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