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.
But most foolish, and more miserable than an infant, are all the enemies who oppressed your people.
For they thought that all their heathen idols were gods, though these have neither the use of their eyes to see with, nor nostrils with which to draw breath, nor ears with which to hear, nor fingers to feel with, and their feet are of no use for walking.
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.