An Ungodly View of Life

I am currently reading through the most recent translation of the Greek Old Testament called the Septuagint (LXX). I am still in Exodus, but I couldn't help myself and explore a few of the books that are forbidden in the Protestant Canon. I will say that historically, the Septuagint was used widely among Greek speaking Christians in the early church, and even though some church father's didn't recognize them as Canonical, they did recommend that we read them for spiritual encouragement. Today I was reading the second chapter of the "Wisdom of Solomon." It was written by an unknown Jewish believer in a Greek community in Alexandria, Egypt. It is the last book written before the time of the New Testament. It is interesting. Chapter 2:1-11 brings an interesting perspective to the table. The section is titled: "An Ungodly View of Life." After reading this, my conscience spoke against me and reminded me of Romans 12:1 NKJV: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service." Read the following few verses out of Chapter 2 of the Wisdom of Solomon.

The Perspective of The Ungodly

For they said among themselves, as they reasoned incorrectly;
"Our life is short and painful,
And there is no cure for the death of a man;
For no one has been known to return from Hades;
Because we were born by chance,
And after this we shall be as though we never existed;
For the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
And our speech is the spark kindled by the beating of our heart.
When the spark is extinguished, our body will turn to ashes,
And our breath will disperse like empty air.
Then our name will be forgotten in due time,
And no one will remember our works;
So our life will pass away like the trace of a cloud
And be scattered like fog,
Driven away by the rays of the sun
And oppressed by its heat.
Four our appointed time is the passing of a shadow,
And there is no return from our death;
Because it is sealed up, no one can turn back.
Come, therefore, and let us enjoy the  good things that exist,
And make the most of creation as quickly as possible,
As we did in our youth.
Let us be filled with expensive wine and perfumes,
And let no flower of springtime pass us by.
Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither away.
Let none of us fail to share in our arrogance.
Let us leave signs of our gladness everywhere,
Because this is our portion, and this is our lot.
Let us oppress the righteous poor man;
Let us not spare a widow,
Nor respect the aged gray hair of an old man.
Let our might be our law of righteousness,
For what is weak is shown to be useless.

Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-11 SAAS
Text comes from the St Athanasius Academy Septuagint (SAAS)


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