It is [i.e. what is], is uncreated and indestructible; for it is complete, immovable, and without end.
Nor was it ever, nor will it be; for now it is, all at once, a continuous one.
For what kind of origin for it will you look for?
In what way and from what source could it have drawn its increase?
I shall not let you say nor think that it came from what is not; for it can neither be thought nor uttered that anything is not.
And, if it came from nothing, what need could have made it arise later rather than sooner?
Therefore must it either be altogether or be not at all.
Nor will the force of truth suffer anything to arise besides itself from that which is not.
Wherefore, Justice does not loose her fetters and let anything come into being or pass away, but holds it fast.
Our judgment thereon depends on this:
“Is it or is it not?”
Surely it is adjudged, as it must be, that we are to set aside the one way as unthinkable and nameless
(for it is no true way), and that the other path is real and true.
How, then, can what is be going to be in the future?
Or how could it come into being?
If it came into being, it is not; nor is it if it is going to be in the future.
Thus is becoming extinguished and passing away not to be heard of.