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43. And thou, O God, didst see everything that thou hadst
made and, behold, it was very good.
We also see the whole creation and, behold, it is all very
good. In each separate kind of thy work, when thou didst
say, "Let them be made," and they were made, thou didst
see that it was good. I have counted seven times where it
is written that thou didst see what thou hadst made was
"good." And there is the eighth time when thou didst see
all things that thou hadst made and, behold, they
were not only good but also very good; for they were
now seen as a totality. Individually they were only good;
but taken as a totality they were both good and very good.
Beautiful bodies express this truth; for a body which consists
of several parts, each of which is beautiful, is itself
far more beautiful than any of its individual parts separately,
by whose well-ordered union the whole is completed even
though these parts are separately beautiful.