Short and sorrowful is our life;
And there is no remedy when a man cometh to his end,
And none was ever known that returned from Hades.
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 heart,
And the spirit dispersed as thin air;
And no man shall remember our works;
And our life shall pass away as the traces of a cloud,
And shall be scattered as is a mist.
When it is chased by the beams of the sun,
And overcome by the heat thereof.
And there is no putting back of our end;
Because it is fast sealed, and none reverseth it.
They therefore will enjoy this life to the full, and crush those whose lives reprove their own.
And let us use creation with all earnestness as youth’s possession.
And let no flower of spring pass us by:
Everywhere let us leave tokens of our mirth:
Because this is our portion, and our lot is this.
Let us not spare the widow,
Nor reverence the hairs of the old man grey for length of years.
For that which is weak is found to be of no service.
Because he is of disservice to us,
And is contrary to our works,
And upbraideth us with sins against the law,
And layeth to our charge sins against our discipline.
And nameth himself servant of the Lord.
Because his life is unlike other men’s,
And his paths are of strange fashion.
And he abstaineth from our ways as from uncleannesses.
The latter end of the righteous he calleth happy;
And he vaunteth that God is his father.
And let us try what shall befall in the ending of his life.
And he will deliver him out of the hand of his adversaries.
That we may learn his gentleness,
And may prove his patience under wrong.
For according to his words he will be visited.
But they are wrong: a future life is in store for the righteous, who shall then triumph over the ungodly.
For their wickedness blinded them,
Neither hoped they for wages of holiness,
Nor did they judge that there is a prize for blameless souls.
And made him an image of his own proper being;
And they that belong to his realm experience it.
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