2:1 For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, "Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no one has been known to return from Hades.
2:12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training.
2:13 He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord.
2:14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
2:15 the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange.
2:16 We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.
2:17 Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
2:18 for if the righteous man is God's child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
2:19 Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance.
2:20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
2:21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them,
2:22 and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of
holiness, nor discerned the prize for blameless souls.
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