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Wicked Thinking

Wicked people are wrong when they say to themselves,
    Our life is short and full of sorrow, and when its end comes, there is no escape. No one has ever been known to come back from the world of the dead.

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The Misery of Human Life

40 Every person has been given a great deal of work to do. A heavy burden lies on all of us from the day of our birth until the day we go back to the earth, the mother of us all. We are confused and fearful, dreading the day of our death— 3-4 all of us from the king on his splendid throne wearing royal robes and a crown, to the humblest person dressed in burlap and living in poverty. All through our lives we meet anger, jealousy, and trouble. Things disturb us; we live with furious conflicts and with the fear of death. Even when we go to bed, we think up new troubles in our sleep. We get little rest, if any at all. When we sleep, it is as if we were awake, disturbed by our imaginations. If we dream that we are running from an enemy, just as we are about to be caught,[a] we wake up and are relieved to find there is nothing to be afraid of.

Here is what all creatures, both human and animal, must face (but it is seven times worse for sinners): death, violence, conflict, murder, disaster, famine, sickness, epidemic. 10 All these things were created because of the wicked; they are the ones who have caused destruction.[b] 11 Everything that comes from the earth goes back to the earth, just as all water flows into the sea.

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Footnotes

  1. Sirach 40:7 Probable text caught; Greek rescued.
  2. Sirach 40:10 Hebrew have caused destruction; Greek caused the flood.

41 (A)Can you catch Leviathan[a] with a fishhook
    or tie his tongue down with a rope?
Can you put a rope through his snout
    or put a hook through his jaws?
Will he beg you to let him go?
    Will he plead with you for mercy?
Will he make an agreement with you
    and promise to serve you forever?

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Footnotes

  1. Job 41:1 See 3.8.