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Pray unto God, and he will be favourable. Seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; he will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning : and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God : for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
thoughts: and let himn return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
On old age.
O how comely a thing is judgement for grey hairs, and for ancient men to kuow counsel ! O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour! Miuch experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory.
The hoary head is a crown of glory if it be found in the way of righteousness.
O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex hin, and that hath prosperity in all things: yea, unto him that is yet able to receive meat! O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience! Fear not the sentence of death, remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh. And why art thou against the pleasure of the Most High? there is no inquisition in the grave, whether thou have lived ten, or an hundred, or a thousand years. All flesh waxeth old as a gar. ment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death. As of the
leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow ; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born. Every work rotteth, and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal. Remember my judgement: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for
me, and to-day for thee. When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his spirit is departed from him. Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: it stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes; there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his Maker ? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly : how much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth? They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever, without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away; they die even without wisdom.
From the same.
not pass ;
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he can
for there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: so man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. We are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.