8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither. 9 Let none of us fail to share in our revelry; everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this our lot. 10 Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow or regard the gray hairs of the aged. 11 But let our might be our law of right, for what is weak proves itself to be useless. 12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. 13 He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. 14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; 15 the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. 16 We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.
1 When then He gave the commandment, what saith He? Who is he that disputeth with Me? Let him oppose Me. Or who is he that goeth tolaw with Me? Let him draw nigh unto the servant of the Lord, 2 Woe unto you, for ye all shall wax old as a garment, and the moth shall consume you. And again the prophet saith, seeing that as ahard stone He was ordained for crushing; Behold I will put into the fountains of Zion a stone very precious, elect, a chiefcorner-stone, honorable. 3 Then again what saith He; And whosoever shall set his hope on Him,shall live forever. Is our hope then set upon a stone? Far be it.But it is because the Lord hath set His flesh in strength. For He saith; And He set Me as a hard rock. 4 And the prophet saith again; The stone which the builders rejected,this became the head and the corner. And again He saith; This is the great and wonderful day, which the Lord made. 5 I write to you the more simply, that ye may understand, I who am the offscouring of your love. 6 What then saith the prophet again? The assembly of evildoers gathered around Me, they surrounded Me as bees surround a comb and For My garment they cast a lot. 7 For as much then as He was about to be manifested in the flesh and to suffer, His suffering was manifested beforehand. For the prophet saith concerning Israel; Woe unto their soul, for they have counseled evil counsel against themselves saying, Let us bind the righteous one, for he is unprofitable for us. 8 What sayeth the other prophet Moses unto them? Behold, these things saith the Lord God; enter into the good land which the Lord swear unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and inherit it, a land flowing with milk and honey.