The Wisdom of Solomon
1 – O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory: for the memory thereof is immortal: because it is known both with God and with men.
2 – When it is present, they imitate it: and they desire it when it hath withdrawn itself, and it triumpheth crowned for ever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts.
3 – But the multiplied brood of the wicked shall not thrive, and bastard slips shall not take deep root, nor any fast foundation.
4 – And if they flourish in branches for a time, yet standing not fast, they shall be shaken with the wind, and through the force of winds they shall be rooted out.
5 – For the branches not being perfect, shall be broken, and their fruits shall be unprofitable, and sour to eat, and fit for nothing.
6 – For the children that are born of unlawful beds, are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial.
7 – But the just man, if he be prevented with death, shall be in rest.
8 – For venerable old age is not that of long time, nor counted by the number of years: but the understanding of a man is grey hairs.
9 – And a spotless life is old age.
10 – He pleased God and was beloved, and living among sinners he was translated.
11 – He was taken away lest wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul.
12 – For the bewitching of vanity obscureth good things, and the wandering of concupiscence overturneth the innocent mind.
13 – Being made perfect in a short space, he fulfilled a long time:
14 – For his soul pleased God: therefore he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities: but the people see this, and understand not, nor lay up such things in their hearts:
15 – That the grace of God, and his mercy is with his saints, and that he hath respect to his chosen.
16 – But the just that is dead, condemneth the wicked that are living, and youth soon ended, the long life of the unjust.
17 – For they shall see the end of the wise man, and shall not understand what God hath designed for him, and why the Lord hath set him in safety.
18 – They shall see him, and shall despise him: but the Lord shall laugh them to scorn.
19 – And they shall fall after this without honour, and be a reproach among the dead for ever: for he shall burst them puffed up and speechless, and shall shake them from the foundations, and they shall be utterly laid waste: they shall be in sorrow, and their memory shall perish.
20 – They shall come with fear at the thought of their sins, and their iniquities shall stand against them to convict them.
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