Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 38: 1 -4, 6 - 10, 12 - 14

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38:1: Honor the physician with the honor due him,
according to your need of him,
for the Lord created him;
2: for healing comes from the Most High,
and he will receive a gift from the king.
3: The skill of the physician lifts up his head,
and in the presence of great men he is admired.
4: The Lord created medicines from the earth,
and a sensible man will not despise them.

6: And he gave skill to men
that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
7: By them he heals and takes away pain;
8: the pharmacist makes of them a compound.
His works will never be finished;
and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
9: My son, when you are sick do not be negligent,
but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
10: Give up your faults and direct your hands aright,
and cleanse your heart from all sin.

12: And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him;
let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
13: There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
14: for they too will pray to the Lord
that he should grant them success in diagnosis
and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.

Web Author: Charles Wohlers
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