9.2.17

The Goods and the Ills / Ἀγαθὰ καὶ κακά

The Goods and the Ills / Ἀγαθὰ καὶ κακά

Ὑπὸ τῶν κακῶν τὰ ἀγαθὰ ἐδιώχθη ὡς ἀσθενῆ ὄντα: εἰς οὐρανὸν δὲ ἀνῆλθεν. Τὰ δὲ ἀγαθὰ ἠρώτησαν τὸν Δία πῶς εἶναι μετ'ἀνθρώπων. Ὁ δὲ εἶπεν μὴ μετ' ἀλλήλων πάντα, ἓν δὲ καθ' ἓν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις ἐπέρχεσθαι. Διὰ τοῦτο τὰ μὲν κακὰ συνεχῆ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις, ὡς πλησίον ὄντα, ἐπέρχεται, τὰ δὲ ἀγαθὰ βράδιον, ἐξ οὐρανοῦ κατιόντα.

Ὅτι ἀγαθῶν μὲν οὐδεὶς ταχέως ἐπιτυγχάνει, ὑπὸ δὲ τῶν κακῶν ἕκαστος καθ' ἑκάστην πλήττεται.

Στα νέα Ελληνικά / Greek
Τα αγαθά, όντας αδύναμα, εκδιώχθηκαν από τα κακά και ανέβηκαν στον ουρανό. Εκεί ρώτησαν τον Δία πώς θα βρεθούν πάλι μαζί με τους ανθρώπους. Ο δέ Δίας είπε "όχι όλα μαζί, αλλά ένα κάθε φορά, θα κατεβαίνετε στους ανθρώπους". Γι αυτόν τον λόγο τα μεν κακά έρχονται συνεχώς στους ανθρώπους επειδή είναι κοντά τους, τα δέ αγαθά αργούν, επειδή κατεβαίνουν από τον ουρανό.
(Ο λόγος δηλώνει) ότι τα αγαθά ουδείς τα επιτυγχάνει ταχέως, ωστόσο ο καθένας μας πλήττεται καθημερινά από τα κακά.

Αγγλικά / English
All the Goods were once driven out by the Ills from that common share which they each had in the affairs of mankind; for the Ills by reason of their numbers had prevailed to possess the earth. The Goods wafted themselves to heaven and asked for a righteous vengeance on their persecutors. They entreated Jupiter that they might no longer be associated with the Ills, as they had nothing in common and could not live together, but were engaged in unceasing warfare; and that an indissoluble law might be laid down for their future protection. Jupiter granted their request and decreed that henceforth the Ills should visit the earth in company with each other, but that the Goods should one by one enter the habitations of men. Hence it arises that Ills abound, for they come not one by one, but in troops, and by no means singly: while the Goods proceed from Jupiter, and are given, not alike to all, but singly, and separately; and one by one to those who are able to discern them.
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