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BOOK II

CHAPTER VII.
" In addition to all this, Socrates, observe another mode of speaking about justice and injustice which finds expression both in prose writings and in the poets. For all with one voice keep harping on this, that self-control and justice are honorable, but hard and irksome; but intemperance and injustice are pleasant and easy to attain, and are rendered disgraceful only by public opinion and law. And they say that dishonesty is in general more profitable than honesty, and they are quite ready both publicly and privately to honor and congratulate wicked men who have wealth and other sources of power, but to dishonor and despise those who are in any way weak and poor, even while they admit that these are better men than the others. But of all their tales the most remarkable are those related about the gods and virtue; according to which even the gods bring upon many good men misfortunes and misery, while they allot to the wicked prosperity and happiness.(10) And there are begging priests and soothsayers who frequent the rich man's doors and persuade him that they possess a power conferred by the gods enabling them, in case a crime has been committed by a man himself or his ancestors, to atone for it by means of sacrifices and charms, amid revelries and festivities, and if one wishes to ruin an enemy, he may at slight expense injure alike the just and the unjust; for, as they say, they have spells and incantations for inducing and constraining the

10 Compare Psalm xxxvii, 35: "I haveseen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree."

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