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Chapter 6 61 In like manner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy to be seen; and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country.62 And when God commandeth the clouds to go over the whole world, they do as they are bidden.63 And the fire sent from above to consume hills and woods doeth as it is commanded: but these are like unto them neither in shew nor power.64 Wherefore it is neither to be supposed nor said that they are gods, seeing, they are able neither to judge causes, nor to do good unto men.65 Knowing therefore that they are no gods, fear them not,66 For they can neither curse nor bless kings:67 Neither can they shew signs in the heavens among the heathen, nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon.68 The beasts are better than they: for they can get under a cover and help themselves.69 It is then by no means manifest unto us that they are gods: therefore fear them not.70 For as a scarecrow in a garden of cucumbers keepeth nothing: so are their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold.71 And likewise their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold, are like to a white thorn in an orchard, that every bird sitteth upon; as also to a dead body, that is east into the dark.72 And ye shall know them to be no gods by the bright purple that rotteth upon then1: and they themselves afterward shall be eaten, and shall be a reproach in the country.73 Better therefore is the just man that hath none idols: for he shall be far from reproach.