Wisdom - Chapter 14
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2 Agreed, the ship is the product of a craving for gain, its building embodies the wisdom of the shipwright;
7 For blessed is the wood which serves the cause of uprightness
9 For God holds the godless and his godlessness in equal hatred;
10 both work and workman will alike be punished.
12 The idea of making idols was the origin of fornication, their discovery corrupted life.
13 They did not exist at the beginning, they will not exist for ever;
15 A father afflicted by untimely mourning has an image made of his child so soon carried off, and now pays divine honours to what yesterday was only a corpse, handing on mysteries and ceremonies to his people;
17 Rulers were the ones who ordered that statues should be worshipped: people who could not honour them in person, because they lived too far away, would have a portrait made of their distant countenance, to have an image that they could see of the king whom they honoured; meaning, by such zeal, to flatter the absent as if he were present.
20 and the crowd, attracted by the beauty of the work, mistook for a god someone whom recently they had honoured as a man.
25 Everywhere a welter of blood and murder, theft and fraud, corruption, treachery, riot, perjury,
26 disturbance of decent people, forgetfulness of favours, pollution of souls, sins against nature, disorder in marriage, adultery and debauchery.
29 since they put their trust in lifeless idols they do not reckon their false oaths can harm them.
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