|2||Wisdom of Solomon||Reference|
|For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, |
"Short and sorrowful is our life,
and there is no remedy when a man comes to his end,
and no one has been known to return from Hades.
|Wiched thinking. Wis.2.1-24|
|Because we were born by mere chance, |
and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been;
because the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts.
|When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, |
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.
|Our name will be forgotten in time |
and no one will remember our works;
our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud,
and be scattered like mist
that is chased by the rays of the sun
and overcome by its heat.
|For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, |
and there is no return from our death,
because it is sealed up and no one turns back.
|"Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, |
and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.
|Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, |
and let no flower of spring pass by us.
|Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.|
|Let none of us fail to share in our revelry, |
everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment,
because this is our portion, and this our lot.
|Let us oppress the righteous poor man; |
let us not spare the widow
nor regard the gray hairs of the aged.
|But let our might be our law of right, |
for what is weak proves itself to be useless.
|"Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, |
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
|He professes to have knowledge of God, |
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
|He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; |
the very sight of him is a burden to us,
|because his manner of life is unlike that of others, |
and his ways are strange.
|We are considered by him as something base, |
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father.
|Let us see if his words are true, |
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
|for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him, |
and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
|Let us test him with insult and torture, |
that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance.
|Let us condemn him to a shameful death, |
for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
|Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, |
for their wickedness blinded them,
|and they did not know the secret purposes of God, |
nor hope for the wages of holiness,
nor discern the prize for blameless souls;
|for God created man for incorruption, |
and made him in the image of his own eternity,
|but through the devil's envy death entered the world, |
and those who belong to his party experience it.
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