But the workers are not concerned that mortals are destined to die or that their life is brief, but they compete with workers in gold and silver, and imitate workers in copper; and they count it a glorious thing to mold counterfeit gods.
Their heart is ashes, their hope is cheaper than dirt, and their lives are of less worth than clay,
because they failed to know the one who formed them and inspired them with active souls and breathed a living spirit into them.
But they considered our existence an idle game, and life a festival held for profit, for they say one must get money however one can, even by base means.
For these persons, more than all others, know that they sin when they make from earthy matter fragile vessels and carved images.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.