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Chapter 2 10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.11 Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education.13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord.14 He was made to reprove our thoughts.15 He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion.16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his father.17 Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him.18 For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.20 Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected.21 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded them.22 As for the mysteries of God, they kn ew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls.23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity.24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.

Chapter 3 1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery,3 And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace.4 For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality.5 And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.6 As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering.7 And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble.8 They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.9 They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.10 But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.