Sirach 43:23-25

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23 By his plan he stilled the deep

   and planted islands in it.
24 Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers,
   and we marvel at what we hear.
25 In it are strange and marvelous creatures,
   all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters.

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A Creation Record

See Appropriation of ANE mythology. Worshippers of the One God were familiar with the polytheistic mythology of their neighbours right through the period between the Old and New Testaments, and continued to appropriate its poetry.

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