Both a Father with his offspring and an artist with his artwork aim for perseverance: first, by driving off — by any contrivance— loss and injury; and then a strong desire to provide — in any way — that which is needful and profitable: now, no such relationship ever exists between that which has never come into existence and one who is not the Maker.
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Greek Text & Notes:
καὶ γὰρ πατὴρ ἐκγόνων καὶ δημιουργὸς τῶν δημιουργηθέντων στοχάζεται τῆς διαμονῆς καὶ ὅσα μὲν ἐπιζήμια καὶ βλαβερὰ μηχανῇ πάσῃ διωθεῖται, τὰ δὲ ὅσα ὠφέλιμα καὶ λυσιτελῆ κατὰ πάντα τρόπον ἐκπορίζειν ἐπιποθεῖ· πρὸς δὲ τὸ μὴ γεγονὸς οἰκείωσις οὐδεμία τῷ μὴ πεποιηκότι
καὶ γὰρ: For both (kai = both)
στοχάζεται τῆς διαμονῆς: the singular noun with a compound verb , since each subject (Father/Demiurge) are raised serially not together. Either would make it his aim. The verb takes a genitive object: aims for permanence, preservation. The genitive following the subject nouns: offspring, artwork match the object of the verb: The perseverance of the child, of the artwork.
μηχανῇ πάσῃ: the means of pushing for the objects: no loss or injury. Matched by the phrase in the next clause: κατὰ πάντα τρόπον which provides some stylistic variance: accusative rather than dative; every contrivance, every way.
ἐκπορίζειν ἐπιποθεῖ: the infinitive is the object of the desire: A desire to provide.
The final clause utilizes two substantives as nouns: That which has come into being, and the one who has made such things.
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