1 Led by mistaken reasons they think, Life is short and sad and there is no cure for death. It was never heard that anyone came back from the netherworld.
2 By chance we were born
4 In time our name will be forgotten, no one will remember what we did. 5 Life passes like the shadow of a cloud, disappears like mist chased by the sun and overpowered by its heat. Our days are like the pas sing of a shad ow
6 Come then and enjoy all the good things
9 Let everyone take part in our orgy
10 Let us oppress the upright man who is poor, and have no thought for the widow, or respect for the white hair of old age.
11 Let our strength be our right, since it is proved that weakness is useless. 12 Let us set a trap for the righteous, for he annoys us and op poses our way of life
13 He claims knowledge of God and calls himself son of the Lord. 14 He has become a reproach to our way of thinking
16 According to him we have low standards, so he keeps aloof from us as if we were unclean. He emphasizes the happy end of the righteous and boasts of having God as father.
17 Let us see the truth of what he says and find out what his end will be. 18 If the righteous is a son of God, God will de fend him and deliver him from his adversaries.
19 Let us humble and torture him to prove his self-control and test his pa tience. 20 When we have condemned him to a shameful death, we may test his words.
21 This is the way they reason, but they are mistaken, blinded by their malice. 22 They do not know the mysteries of God nor do they hope for the reward of a holy life
23 Indeed God created man to be im mortal in the likeness of his own nature, 24 but the envy of the devil brought death to the world, and those who take his side shall experience death.