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Divine strength is roused with difficulty, but still is sure. It chastises those mortals [885] who honor folly and those who in their insanity do not extol the gods. The gods cunningly conceal the long pace of time and [890] hunt the impious. For it is not right to determine or plan anything beyond the laws. For it is a light expense to hold that whatever is divine has power, [895] and that which has been law for a long time is eternal and has its origin in nature.

What is wisdom? Or what greater honor do the gods give to mortals than to hold one's hand [900] in strength over the head of enemies? What is good is always dear.

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