The Wisdom of Solomon
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But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and
there shall no torment touch them.
2In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their
departure is taken for misery,
3And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are
4For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their
hope full of immortality.
5And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly
rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.
6As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them
as a burnt offering.
7And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run
to and fro like sparks among the stubble.
8They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the
people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.
9They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth:
and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and
mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.
10But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own
imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.
11For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is miserable, and
their hope is vain, their labours unfruitful, and their works
12Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked:
13Their offspring is cursed. Wherefore blessed is the barren
that is undefiled, which hath not known the sinful bed: she shall have
fruit in the visitation of souls.
14And blessed is the eunuch, which with his hands hath wrought
no iniquity, nor imagined wicked things against God: for unto him shall
be given the special gift of faith, and an inheritance in the temple of
the Lord more acceptable to his mind.
15For glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of
wisdom shall never fall away.
16As for the children of adulterers, they shall not come to
their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted
17For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing
regarded: and their last age shall be without honour.
18Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither comfort
in the day of trial.
19For horrible is the end of the unrighteous generation.
Read on to the end (v. 19)