We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
KJV is a magnificent improvement, but so is the Douay-Rheims.
Catholics also have to suffer by the horrid NAB version imposed by our bishops in the USCCB for use at most of our masses--some exceptions gratefully accepted.
This is a passage that I have always found difficult at best. It seems to say that God created the Universe and all that is in it, and we're supposed to despise it. In fact, it does say just that. Huh? I understand the concept of the soul transcends mortal life, and that all the rewards of mortal life are expected to be small compared to the glory we will find with God. I still think we have a Universe as a gift from God, not a temptation or a distraction or a test. Despising the life we have here seems ungrateful or snotty.
"Understand" in this case meaning I have the concept, not that I really understand the soul or infinity or what it means to return to God from this life.
I know it's about putting first things first, but this is one of the most difficult passages in Scripture for me. I'm very attached to the World, to possessions, and to security. It's very difficult for me to take the adventure that God sends me.