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2:1 godly men with their works and words called it to them:
For when they thought to have it their friend,
They consumed to nought, and made a covenant with it,
Because they are worthy to take part with it.

An ungodly view of life


2:1 For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright,
"Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy:
Neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave

2:2 For we are born at all adventure:
And we shall be hereafter as though we had never been:
For the breath in our nostrils is as smoke,
And a little spark in the moving of our heart:

2:3 Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes,
And our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,

2:4 And our name shall be forgotten in time,
And no man shall have our works in remembrance,
And our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud,
And shall be dispersed as a mist,
That is driven away with the beams of the sun,
And overcome with the heat thereof.

2:5 "For our time is a very shadow that passeth away;
And after our end there is no returning:
For it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again.

2:6 "Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present:
And let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.

2:7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments:
And let no flower of the spring pass by us:

2:8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds,
Before they be withered:

2:9 Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness:
Let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place:
For this is our portion, and our lot is this.

2:10 "Let us oppress the poor righteous man,
Let us not spare the widow,
Nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.

2:11 Let our strength be the law of justice:
For that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.

Hatred of the righteous

2:12 "Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous;
Because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings:
He upbraideth us with our offending the Law,
And objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education.

2:13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God:
And he calleth himself the child of the Lord.

2:14 He was made to reprove our thoughts.

2:15 He is grievous unto us even to behold:
For his life is not like other men's,
His ways are of another fashion.

2:16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits:
He abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness:
He pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed,
And maketh his boast that God is his father.

2:17 "Let us see if his words be true:
And let us prove what shall happen in the end of him.

2:18 For if the just man be the Son of God,
He will help him,
And deliver him from the hand of his enemies.

2:19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture,
That we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.

2:20 Let us condemn him with a shameful death:
For by his own saying he shall be respected."

2:21 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived:
For their own wickedness hath blinded them.

2:22 As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not:
Neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness,
Nor discerned a reward for blameless souls.

2:23 For God created man to be immortal,
And made him to be an image of His own eternity.

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