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17 Forsooth, Lord, thy dooms be great, and thy words may not be (or be not able to be) fully told out; unlearned souls erred for these. [Forsooth great be thy dooms, Lord, and untellable thy words; for these the undisciplined souls erred.]

For the while wicked men hold for steadfast, (so) that they may be lords of (the) holy nation, they were fettered with bonds of darknesses, and of long night, and were closed under roofs; and they fugitives were subject to everlasting purveyance. [While forsooth wicked men have full proved, to be able to lordship to the holy nation, in bonds of darknesses, and of long night gyved, enclosed under roofs, fugitive to perpetual providence, pleased.]

And the while they guess them(selves) to be hid in (their) dark sins, they were scattered by (the) dark hiding of forgetting, dreading hideously, and disturbed (or troubled) with full great wondering. [And while they guess them to lurk in dark sins, by the dark veil of forgetting they be scattered, dreading grisfully, and with full much wondering disturbed.]

For the den that withheld them, kept not without dread; for why sound coming down disturbed (or troubled) them, and sorrowful persons appearing to them, gave dread to them. [Nor forsooth the den that held them, without dread kept; for descending sound disturbed them, and dreary persons appearing to them, gave inward fear to them.]

And soothly no might of fire might give light to them, and the clear flames of stars might not lighten that hideous night. [And no strength forsooth of the fire might to them give light, nor the clear flames of the stars might lighten that grisly-ful night.]

Soothly sudden fire full of dread appeared to them; and they were smitten with the dread of that face, that was not seen, and guessed those things to be worse, that were seen. [Forsooth there appeared to them sudden fire, full of dread; and smitten with the dread of that face, that was not seen, they esteemed or estimated worse to be, that were seen.]

And (the) scorns of witchcraft were laid to (it), and the glory of wisdom was chastising with despising. [And of divining craft the scorns were laid to (it), and the glory of wisdom correction with strife.]

For they, that promised themselves to put away dreads and disturbings [or perturbations] from a sick soul, were full with scorn, and were sick for dread.

For why though nothing of the wonders against kind disturbed them, they were moved [or stirred (up)] by the passing of beasts, and by the hissing of adders,

10 and they trembled, and perished [or fearful, they perished]; and denied, that they saw the air, which a man might not escape [or flee] (from) by any reason; for why worst things before-occupy often, while the conscience reproveth.

11 For since wickedness is dreadful, it is given into condemnation of (or by) all men; for why a conscience disturbed (or troubled) presumeth (for)ever(more) wicked things. [When forsooth there is fearful shrewdness (or depravity), it is given into the condemnation of all things; evermore presumeth cruel things a conscience disturbed.]

12 For why dread is nothing, but help of presumption, and showing of thought of helps. [Nothing forsooth is dread, but help of presumption, (and a) betraying of the helps of thought.]

13 And the while less abiding is from within, it guesseth greater power of that cause, of which it giveth torment. [And while from within less is the abiding, the more it guesseth the power of his (or its) cause, of the which torment it giveth.]

14 Forsooth they, that came into a mighty night, and coming above (or upon) from (the) lowest things, and from (the) highest things, they sleeping the same sleep, [They forsooth, that verily the unmighty night, and sleeping the same sleep, overcoming from the lowest, and from the highest,]

15 were hurled sometime by dread of wonders against kind, sometime the souls failed by leading over; for why sudden dread and unhoped (for), came on them. [otherwhile they were stirred hither and thither, by the dread of the wonders, otherwhile the lives failed by over-leading; forsooth to them sudden and unhoped dread overcame.]

16 Afterward if any of them had fell down, he was kept closed in (a) prison, without iron (bars); [Thereafter if any of them had fallen down, he was kept in prison, without iron, reclosed;]

17 for if any churl was, either shepherd, either a workman of (the) fields, and was before-occupied, he suffered need that might not be escaped. For why all men were bound together by one chain of darknesses; [if forsooth a churl who were, or a shepherd, or a worker of fields, were before-occupied, unescapable, or that might not be fled, need he suffered. With one forsooth chain of darknesses all they were bound together;]

18 either a wind hissing, either (a) sweet sound of birds betwixt the thick boughs of trees, either the fierceness of water running down greatly, [or puffing wind, or sweet sound of birds among thick branches of trees, or strength of full much running down water,]

19 either a strong sound of stones cast down, either the running unseen of beasts playing, either the strong voice of beasts lowing, either (an) echo sounding again from (the) highest hills, made them failing for dread. [or strong sound of stones falled down, or the unseen course of playing beasts, or the strong voice of lowing beasts, or the again-sounding rebounding of sound from the highest hills, made them failing for dread.]

20 Forsooth all the world was lightened with clear light, and was not witholden in works hindered. [Forsooth all the roundness of (the) earth’s was lighted with clear light, and contained in works not letted (or hindered).]

21 But a grievous night, the image of darknesses, that was to coming on them, was set on them alone; therefore they were grievouser to themselves than the darknesses. [Forsooth only to them was overset a grievous night, image of darknesses, that was to come onto, or unto, them; then they to themselves were more grievous than the darknesses.]