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remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave.,
2. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as tho' we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart : 3.
Which being extinguished, our body shall He turned into ashes, and our spirits shall vanila as the soft air,
4. And our name Mall be forgotten in time, and no man fhall have our works in remem. brance, 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.
s. For our time is a very shadow that passech away: and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast fealed, so that no man cometh à. gain.
6. Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.
7. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine, and ointments: and let po flower of the spring pals by us.
8. Let us crown ourselves with rose-buds before they be withered.
9. Let none of us go without his part of dut voluptuousness : let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this.
10. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, por reverence the antient gray-hairs of the aged.
11. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.
12. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righ. teous: 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,
13. He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord :
14. He was made to reprove our thoughts.
15. He is grievous 'unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other mens, his ways are of another fashion.
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 bleffed, and maketh his boast that God is his fa ther.
17. Let us see if his words be true: and let , prove
what shall happen in the end of him. 18. For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.
19. Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove
his patience. 20. Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be refpected.
21. Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinda ed them
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.
23. For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of bis own eternity,
24. Nevertheless, thro' envy of the devil came death into the world; and they that do hold of his side do find it.
C H A P. III. 1. The godly are happy in their death, 5. and in
their troubles, &c.
UT the souls of the righteous are in the
hand of God, and there shall touch them.
2. In the fight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery,
3. And their going from us to be utter destruction : but they are in peace.
4. For tho’ they be punished in the sight of men : yet is their hope full of immortality.
5. And having been a little chastised, they hall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.
6. As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering.
7. And in the time of their visitation, they fall shine, and run to and fro like sparks a. mong the stubble.
8. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord fhall reign for ever.
9. They that put their trust in him shall un. derstand the truth: and fuch as be faithful in
love, Mall abide with him : for grace and mer. cy is to his faints, and he hath care for his elect.
10. But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.
11. For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurtyre, he is miserable, and their hope is vain, their lübours unfruitful, and their works unprofitable.
12. Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked,
13. Thçir offspring is cursed: wherefore bleffed is the barren that is undefiled, which hath pot known the finful bed : she fhall have fruit
in the visitation of souls. - 1 14. And blessed is the eunuch which with his
hands hath wrought no iniquity, nor imagined wicked things against God: for unto him thall be given the special gift of faith, and an inheritance in the temple of the Lord, more acceptable to his mind.