patient, and ruling all thingsu in mercy.
but we will not sin, because we know that we are accounted thine.
and to know thy power is the root of immortality.
nor the fruitless toil of painters,
a figure stained with varied colors,
so that they desirev the lifeless form of a dead image.
6 Lovers of evil things and fit for such objects of hopew
are those who either make or desire or worship them.
and laboriously molds each vessel for our service,
he fashions out of the same clay
both the vessels that serve clean uses
and those for contrary uses, making all in like manner;
but which shall be the use of each of these
the worker in clay decides.
this man who was made of earth a short time before
and after a little while goes to the earth from which he was taken,
when he is required to return the soul that was lent him.
or that his life is brief,
but he competes with workers in gold and silver,
and imitates workers in copper;
and he counts it his glory that he molds counterfeit gods.
and his life is of less worth than clay,
and inspired him with an active soul
and breathed into him a living spirit.
12 But hex considered our existence an idle game,
and life a festival held for profit,
for he says one must get money however one can, even by base means.
when he makes from earthy matter fragile vessels and graven images.
are all the enemies who oppressed thy people.
though these have neither the use of their eyes to see with,
nor nostrils with which to draw breath,
nor ears with which to hear,
nor fingers to feel with,
and their feet are of no use for walking.
and one whose spirit is borrowed formed them;
for no man can form a god which is like himself.
for he is better than the objects he worships,
sincey he has life, but they never have.
18 The enemies of thy peoplez worship even the most hateful animals,
which are worse than all others, when judged by their lack of intelligence;
but they have escaped both the praise of God and his blessing.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.