Why medical practice is the will of God


Ecclesiasticus 38:1-4,6-10,12-14

Honour physicians for their services,

     for the Lord created them;

for their gift of healing comes from the Most High,

     and they are rewarded by the king.

The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,

      and in the presence of the great they are admired.

The Lord created medicines out of the earth,

       and the sensible will not despise them.

And he gave skill to human beings

        that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.

By them the physician heals and takes away pain;

        the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.

God’s works will never be finished;

        and from him health spreads over all the earth.

My child, when you are ill, do not delay,

        but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.

Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly,

        and cleanse your heart from all sin.

Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created him;

        do not let him leave you, for you need him.

There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians,

        for they too pray to the Lord

that he grant them success in diagnosis

         and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.

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