11 Hear Thy servant And give ear to my petition.
12 For in a little time are we born, And in a little time do we return.
13 But with Thee hours are as a time, And days as generations.
14 Be not therefore wroth with man; for he is nothing And take not account of our works; For what are we?
15 For lo! by Thy gift do we come into the world, And we depart not of our own will.
16 For we said not to our parents, "Beget us," Nor did we send to Sheol and say, "Receive us."
17 What therefore is our strength that we should bear Thy wrath Or what are we that we should endure Thy judgement?
18 Protect us in Thy compassions, And in Thy mercy help us.
19Behold the little ones that are subject unto Thee, And save all that draw nigh unto Thee: And destroy not the hope of our people, And cut not short 'the times of our aid.20 For this is the nation which Thou hast chosen, And these are the people, to whom Thou findest no equal.
21 But I will speak now before Thee, And I will say as my heart thinketh.
22 'In Thee do we trust, for lo! Thy law is with us, And we know that we shall not fall so long as we keep Thy statutes.
Date: 70-100 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into fiery hell. 10“See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.12 What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.