1And the Lord answered and said to me, You are quite rightly perplexed about the disappearance of man, but you are wrong in what you think about the evils that come upon sinners. 2When you said, The righteous are carried off, and the wicked are prospered; 3and again, when you said, Man cannot comprehend the workings of 4thy judgement – listen, and I will tell you: pay attention, and I will explain to you. 5Man would have had excuse for not understanding my judgement, if he had not been given the law, and I had not instructed him in understanding. 6But now, because he has transgressed with his eyes open, on this ground alone (that he knew) he must be punished. 7And as regards what you said about the righteous, that it was because of them that this world came into being, so also shall that which is to come come into being because of them. 8For this world is for them a place of strife, and weariness, and much trouble; but that which is to come will be a crown with great glory.