For thou remainest for ever, and shall we perish everlastingly?
O Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, hear now the prayer of the dead of Israel, and of their children, that have sinned before thee, and have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord their God, wherefore evils have cleaved fast to us.
For thou art the Lord our God, and we will praise thee, O Lord:
Because for this end thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our captivity, for we are converted from the iniquity of our fathers, who sinned before thee.
And behold we are at this day in our captivity, whereby thou hast scattered us to be a reproach, and a curse, and an offence, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, who departed from thee, O Lord our God.
Who hath found out her place? and who hath gone in to her treasures?
That take their diversion with the birds of the air.
That hoard up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and there is no end of their getting? who work in silver and are solicitous, and their works are unsearchable.
Nor have they understood the paths thereof, neither have their children received it, it is far from their face.
The children of Agar also, that search after the wisdom that is of the earth, the merchants of Merrha, and of Theman, and the tellers of fables, and searchers of prudence and understanding: but the way of wisdom they have not known, neither have they remembered her paths.
The Lord chose not them, neither did they find the way of knowledge: therefore did they perish.
There is none that is able to know her ways, nor that can search out her paths :
They were called, and they said: Here we are: and with cheerfuIness they have shined forth to him that made them.
This is our God, and there shall no other be accounted of in comparison of him.