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[Ecclesiastics] conspired against him because they hated his teaching for its zealous emphasis on proper Christian conduct: with great courage he denounced all whom he saw behaving in an ungodly fashion... [As such] he was deprived of his priestly rank, bound in iron chains, and broken down in jails.
"But the righteous live forever,and their reward is with the Lord;the Most High takes care of them.Therefore they will receive a glorious crownand a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord,because with his right hand he will cover them,and with his arm he will shield them." (Wisdom 5:15-16)"He is God not of the dead, but of the living." (Matthew 22:32)
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