OVE righteousness, ye that be judges
of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in
simplicity of heart seek him.
For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth
himself unto such as do not distrust him.
For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is
tried, reproveth the unwise.
For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the
body that is subject unto sin.
For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from
thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when
unrighteousness cometh in.
For wisdom is a loving spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of
his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of
his heart, and a hearer of his tongue.
For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which
containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice.
Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid:
neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him.
For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and
the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the
manifestation of his wicked deeds.
10 For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise
of murmurings is not hid.
11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which is unprofitable; and
refrain your tongue from backbiting: for there is no word so
secret, that shall go for nought: and the mouth that belieth
slayeth the soul,
12 Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not
upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands.
13 For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the
destruction of the living.
14 For he created all things, that they might have their
being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there
is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon
15 For righteousness is immortal:
16 But ungodly men with their works and words called it to
them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed
to nought, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to
take part with it.
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OR the ungodly said, reasoning with
themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in
the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man
known to have returned from the grave.
For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as
though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as
smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart:
Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and
our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,
And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our
works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of
a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with
the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof.
For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our end
there is no returning; for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh
Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present:
and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.
Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no
flower of the spring pass by us:
Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered:
Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us
leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our
portion, and our lot is this.
10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare
the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.
11 Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is
feeble is found to be nothing worth.
12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because
he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he
upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our
infamy the transgressings of our education.
13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he
calleth himself the child of the Lord.
14 He was made to reprove our thoughts.
15 He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is
not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion.
16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth
from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the
just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his
17 Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what
shall happen in the end of him.
18 For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him,
and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.
19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that
we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
20 Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own
saying he shall be respected.
21 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived; for
their own wickedness hath blinded them.
22 As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not: neither
hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward
for blameless souls.
23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an
image of his own eternity.
24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into
the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.
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UT the souls of the righteous are in
the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure
is taken for misery,
And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in
For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope
full of immortality.
And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded:
for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.
As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a
And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to
and fro like sparks among the stubble.
They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people,
and their Lord shall reign for ever.
They 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.
10 But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own
imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the
11 For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is miserable,
and their hope is vain, their labours unfruitful, and their works
12 Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked:
13 Their 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.
14 And 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
15 For glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root
of wisdom shall never fall away.
16 As for the children of adulterers, they shall not come to
their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be
17 For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing
regarded: and their last age shall be without honour.
18 Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither
comfort in the day of trial.
19 For horrible is the end of the unrighteous
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ETTER it is to have no children, and
to have virtue: for the memorial thereof is immortal: because it is
known with God, and with men.
When it is present, men take example at it; and when it is gone,
they desire it: it weareth a crown, and triumpheth for ever, having
gotten the victory, striving for undefiled rewards.
But the multiplying brood of the ungodly shall not thrive, nor take
deep rooting from bastard slips, nor lay any fast foundation.
For though 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.
The imperfect branches shall be broken off, their fruit
unprofitable, not ripe to eat, yea, meet for nothing.
For children begotten of unlawful beds are witnesses of wickedness
against their parents in their trial.
But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be
For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time,
nor that is measured by number of years.
But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old
10 He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so that living
among sinners he was translated.
11 Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness
should alter his understanding or deceit beguile his soul.
12 For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things
that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine
the simple mind.
13 He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long
14 For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to
take him away from among the wicked.
15 This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid
they up this in their minds, That his grace and mercy is with his
saints, and that he hath respect unto his chosen.
16 Thus the righteous that is dead shall condemn the ungodly
which are living; and youth that is soon perfected the many years
and old age of the unrighteous.
17 For they shall see the end of the wise, and shall not
understand what God in his counsel hath decreed of him, and to what
end the Lord hath set him in safety.
18 They shall see him, and despise him; but God shall laugh
them to scorn: and they shall hereafter be a vile carcase, and a
reproach among the dead for evermore.
19 For he shall rend them, and cast them down headlong, that
they shall be speechless; and he shall shake them from the
foundation; and they shall be utterly laid waste, and be in sorrow;
and their memorial shall perish.
20 And when they cast up the accounts of their sins, they
shall come with fear: and their own iniquities shall convince them
to their face.
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HEN shall the righteous man stand in
great boldness before the face of such as have afflicted him, and
made no account of his labours.
When they see it, they shall be troubled with terrible fear, and
shall be amazed at the strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond
all that they looked for.
And they repenting and groaning for anguish of spirit shall say
within themselves, This was he, whom we had sometimes in derision,
and a proverb of reproach:
We fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without
How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among
Therefore have we erred from the way of truth, and the light of
righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness
rose not upon us.
We wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction: yea,
we have gone through deserts, where there lay no way: but as for
the way of the Lord, we have not known it.
What hath pride profited us: or what good hath riches with our
vaunting brought us:
All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a post that
10 And as a ship that passeth over the waves of the water,
which when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found,
neither the pathway of the keel in the waves;
11 Or as when a bird hath flown through the air, there is no
token of her way to be found, but the light air being beaten with
the stroke of her wings, and parted with the violent noise and
motion of them, is passed through, and therein afterwards no sign
where she went is to be found;
12 Or like as when an arrow is shot at a mark, it parteth
the air, which immediately cometh together again, so that a man
cannot know where it went through:
13 Even so we in like manner, as soon as we were born, began
to draw to our end, and had no sign of virtue to shew; but were
consumed in our own wickedness.
14 For the hope of the ungodly is like dust that is blown
away with the wind; like a thin froth that is driven away with the
storm; like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with a
tempest, and passeth away as the remembrance of a guest that tameth
but a day.
15 But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is
with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High.
16 Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a
beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: for with his right hand
shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them.
17 He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour,
and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his
18 He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true
judgment instead of an helmet.
19 He shall take holiness for an invincible shield.
20 His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword, and the
world shall fight with him against the unwise.
21 Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and
from the clouds, as from a well drawn bow, shall they fly to the
22 And hailstones full of wrath shall be cast as out of a
stone bow, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and
the floods shall cruelly drown them.
23 Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like
a storm shall blow them away: thus iniquity shall lay waste the
whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the thrones of the
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EAR therefore, O ye kings, and
understand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth.
Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of
For power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the
Highest, who shall try your works, and search out your
Because, being ministers of his kingdom, ye have not judged aright,
nor kept the law, nor walked after the counsel of God;
Horribly and speedily shall he come upon you: for a sharp judgment
shall be to them that be in high places.
For mercy will soon pardon the meanest: but mighty men shall be
For he which is Lord over all shall fear no man's person,
neither shall he stand in awe of any man's greatness: for he
hath made the small and great, and careth for all alike.
But a sore trial shall come upon the mighty.
Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak, that ye may learn wisdom,
and not fall away.
10 For they that keep holiness holily shall be judged holy:
and they that have learned such things shall find what to
11 Wherefore set your affection upon my words; desire them,
and ye shall be instructed.
12 Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is
easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek
13 She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself
first known unto them.
14 Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for
he shall find her sitting at his doors.
15 To think therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom: and
whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care.
16 For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her,
sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them
in every thought.
17 For the very true beginning of her is the desire of
discipline; and the care of discipline is love;
18 And love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed
unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption;
19 And incorruption maketh us near unto God:
20 Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom.
21 If your delight be then in thrones and sceptres, O ye
kings of the people, honour wisdom, that ye may reign for
22 As for wisdom, what she is, and how she came up, I will
tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will seek her
out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of
her into light, and will not pass over the truth.
23 Neither will I go with consuming envy; for such a man
shall have no fellowship with wisdom.
24 But the multitude of the wise is the welfare of the
world: and a wise king is the upholding of the people.
25 Receive therefore instruction through my words, and it
shall do you good.
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also am a mortal man, like to all, and the offspring of him that
was first made of the earth,
And in my mother's womb was fashioned to be flesh in the time
of ten months, being compacted in blood, of the seed of man, and
the pleasure that came with sleep.
And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the
earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered
was crying, as all others do.
I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and that with cares.
For there is no king that had any other beginning of birth.
For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going
Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon
God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches
nothing in comparison of her.
Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in
respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as
clay before her.
10 I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have
her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never
11 All good things together came to me with her, and
innumerable riches in her hands.
12 And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before
them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them.
13 I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I
do not hide her riches.
14 For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which
they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the
gifts that come from learning.
15 God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive
as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that
leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.
16 For in his hand are both we and our words; all wisdom
also, and knowledge of workmanship.
17 For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that
are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of
18 The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the
alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of
19 The circuits of years, and the positions of stars:
20 The natures of living creatures, and the furies of wild
beasts: the violence of winds, and the reasonings of men: the
diversities of plants, and the virtues of roots:
21 And all such things as are either secret or manifest,
them I know.
22 For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me:
for in her is an understanding spirit, holy, one only, manifold,
subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt,
loving the thing that is good, quick, which cannot be letted, ready
to do good,
23 Kind to man, stedfast, sure, free from care, having all
power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding,
pure, and most subtil, spirits.
24 For wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passeth
and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness.
25 For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure
influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no
defiled thing fall into her.
26 For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the
unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his
27 And being but one, she can do all things: and remaining
in herself, she maketh all things new: and in all ages entering
into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets.
28 For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with
29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the
order of stars: being compared with the light, she is found before
30 For after this cometh night: but vice shall not prevail
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ISDOM reacheth from one end to
another mightily: and sweetly doth she order all things.
I loved her, and sought her out from my youth, I desired to make
her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty.
In that she is conversant with God, she magnifieth her nobility:
yea, the Lord of all things himself loved her.
For she is privy to the mysteries of the knowledge of God, and a
lover of his works.
If riches be a possession to be desired in this life; what is
richer than wisdom, that worketh all things:
And if prudence work; who of all that are is a more cunning workman
And if a man love righteousness, her labours are virtues: for she
teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude: which are
such things, as men can have nothing more profitable in their
If a man desire much experience, she knoweth things of old, and
conjectureth aright what is to come: she knoweth the subtilties of
speeches, and can expound dark sentences: she foreseeth signs and
wonders, and the events of seasons and times.
Therefore I purposed to take her to me to live with me, knowing
that she would be a counseller of good things, and a comfort in
cares and grief.
10 For her sake I shall have estimation among the multitude,
and honour with the elders, though I be young.
11 I shall be found of a quick conceit in judgment, and
shall be admired in the sight of great men.
12 When I hold my tongue, they shall bide my leisure, and
when I speak, they shall give good ear unto me: if l talk much,
they shall lay their hands upon their mouth.
13 Moreover by the means of her I shall obtain immortality,
and leave behind me an everlasting memorial to them that come after
14 I shall set the people in order, and the nations shall be
subject unto me.
15 Horrible tyrants shall be afraid, when they do but hear
of me; I shall be found good among the multitude, and valiant in
16 After I am come into mine house, I will repose myself
with her: for her conversation hath no bitterness; and to live with
her hath no sorrow, but mirth and joy.
17 Now when I considered these things in myself, and
pondered them in my heart, how that to be allied unto wisdom is
18 And great pleasure it is to have her friendship; and in
the works of her hands are infinite riches; and in the exercise of
conference with her, prudence; and in talking with her, a good
report; I went about seeking how to take her to me.
19 For I was a witty child, and had a good spirit.
20 Yea rather, being good, I came into a body undefiled.
21 Nevertheless, when I perceived that I could not otherwise
obtain her, except God gave her me; and that was a point of wisdom
also to know whose gift she was; I prayed unto the Lord, and
besought him, and with my whole heart I said,
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my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy
And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion
over the creatures which thou hast made,
And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and
execute judgment with an upright heart:
Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from
among thy children:
For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and
of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment
For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet
if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded.
Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy
sons and daughters:
Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and
an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the
holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.
And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present
when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy
sight, and right in thy commandments.
10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne
of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may
know what is pleasing unto thee.
11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she
shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her
12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge
thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's
13 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or
who can think what the will of the Lord is?
14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our
devices are but uncertain.
15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the
earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many
16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon
earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us:
but the things that are in heaven who hath searched out?
17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom,
and send thy Holy Spirit from above?
18 For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were
reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto
thee, and were saved through wisdom.
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HE preserved the first formed father
of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his
And gave him power to rule all things.
But when the unrighteous went away from her in his anger, he
perished also in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.
For whose cause the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom
again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous in a
piece of wood of small value.
Moreover the nations in their wicked conspiracy being confounded,
she found out the righteous, and preserved him blameless unto God,
and kept him strong against his tender compassion toward his
When the ungodly perished, she delivered the righteous man, who
fled from the fire which fell down upon the five cities.
Of whose wickedness even to this day the waste land that smoketh is
a testimony, and plants bearing fruit that never come to ripeness:
and a standing pillar of salt u a monument of an unbelieving
For regarding not wisdom, they gat not only this hurt, that they
knew not the things which were good; but also left behind them to
the world a memorial of their foolishness: so that in the things
wherein they offended they could not so much as be hid.
But wisdom delivered from pain those that attended upon her.
10 When the righteous fled from his brother's wrath, she
guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave
him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travails, and
multiplied the fruit of his labours.
11 In the covetousness of such as oppressed him she stood by
him, and made him rich.
12 She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from
those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict she gave him the
victory; that he might know that godliness is stronger than
13 When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but
delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit,
14 And left him not in bonds, till she brought hi the
sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him:
as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and
gave him perpetual glory.
15 She delivered the righteous people and blameless seed
from the nation that oppressed them.
16 She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord,
arid withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs;
17 Rendered to the righteous a reward of their labours,
guided them in a marvellous way, and was unto them for a cover by
day, and a light of stars in the night-season;
18 Brought them through the Red sea, and led them through
19 But she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of
the bottom of the deep.
20 therefore the righteous spoiled the ungodly, and praised
thy holy name, O Lord, and magnified with one accord thine hand,
that fought for them.
21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the
tongues of them that cannot speak eloquent.
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HE prospered their works in the hand
of the holy prophet.
They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and
pitched tents in places where there lay no way.
They stood against their enemies, and were avenged of their
When they were thirsty, they called upon thee, and water was given
them out of the flinty rock, and their thirst was quenched out of
the hard stone.
For by what things their enemies were punished, by the same they in
their need were benefited.
For instead of a fountain of a perpetual running river troubled
with foul blood,
For a manifest reproof of that commandment, whereby the infants
were slain, thou gavest unto them abundance of water by a means
which they hoped not for:
Declaring by that thirst then how thou hadst punished their
For when they were tried, albeit but in mercy chastised, they knew
how the ungodly were judged in wrath and tormented, thirsting in
another manner than the just.
10 For these thou didst admonish and try, as a father: but
the other, as a severe king, thou didst condemn and punish.
11 Whether they were absent or present, they were vexed
12 For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the
remembrance of things past.
13 For when they heard by their own punishments the other to
be benefited, they had some feeling of the Lord.
14 For whom they rejected with scorn, when he was long
before thrown out at the casting forth of the infants, him in the
end, when they saw what came to pass, they admired.
15 But for the foolish devices of their wickedness wherewith
being deceived they worshipped serpents void of reason, and vile
beasts, thou didst send a multitude of unreasonable beasts upon
them for vengeance;
16 That they might know, that wherewithal a man sinneth, by
the same also shall he be punished.
17 For thy Almighty hand, that made the world of matter
without form, wanted not means to send among them a multitude of
bears, or fierce lions,
18 Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, newly created,
breathing out either a fiery vapour, or filthy scents of scattered
smoke, or shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes:
19 Whereof not only the harm might dispatch them at once,
but also the terrible sight utterly destroy them.
20 Yea, arid without these might they have fallen down with
one blast, being persecuted of vengeance, and scattered abroad
through the breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all things
in measure and number and weight.
21 For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when
thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm:
22 For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of
the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down
upon the earth.
23 But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all
things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should
24 For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest
nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any
thing, if thou hadst hated it.
25 And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been
thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee?
26 But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou
lover of souls.
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OR thine incorruptible Spirit is in
Therefore chastenest thou them by little and little that offend,
and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they have
offended, that leaving their wickedness they may believe on thee, O
For it was thy will to destroy by the hands of our fathers both
those old inhabitants of thy holy land,
Whom thou hatedst for doing most odious works of witchcrafts, and
And also those merciless murderers of children, and devourers of
man's flesh, and the feasts of blood,
With their priests out of the midst of their idolatrous crew, and
the parents, that killed with their own hands souls destitute of
That the land, which thou esteemedst above all other, might receive
a worthy colony of God's children.
Nevertheless even those thou sparedst as men, and didst send wasps,
forerunners of thine host, to destroy them by little and
Not that thou wast unable to bring the ungodly under the hand of
the righteous in battle, or to destroy them at once with cruel
beasts; or with one rough word:
10 But executing thy judgments upon them by little and
little, thou gavest them place of repentance, not being ignorant
that they were a naughty generation, and that their malice was bred
in them, and that their cogitation would never be changed.
11 For it was a cursed seed from the beginning; neither
didst thou for fear of any man give them pardon for those things
wherein they sinned.
12 For who shall say, What hast thou done? or who shall
withstand thy judgment? or who shall accuse thee for the nations
that perish, whom thou hast made? or who shall come to stand
against thee, to be revenged for the unrighteous men?
13 For neither is there any God but thou that careth for
all, to whom thou mightest shew that thy judgment is not
14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to set his face
against thee for any whom thou hast punished.
15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous thyself, thou
orderest all things righteously: thinking it not agreeable with thy
power to condemn him that hath not deserved to be punished.
16 For thy power is the beginning of righteousness, and
because thou art the Lord of all, it maketh thee to be gracious
17 For when men will not believe that thou art of a full
power, thou shewest thy strength, and among them that know it thou
makest their boldness manifest.
18 But thou, mastering thy power, judgest with equity, and
orderest us with great favour: for thou mayest use power when thou
19 But by such works hast thou taught thy people that the
just man should be merciful and hast made thy children to be of a
good hope that thou givest repentance for sins.
20 For if thou didst punish the enemies of thy children, and
the condemned to death, with such deliberation, giving them time
and place, whereby they might be delivered from their malice:
21 With how great circumspection didst thou judge thine own
sons, unto whose fathers thou hast sworn, and made covenants of
22 Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten us, thou scourgest
our enemies a thousand times more, to the intent that, when we
judge, we should carefully think of thy goodness, and when we
ourselves are judged, we should look for mercy.
23 Wherefore, whereas men have lived dissolutely and
unrighteously, thou hast tormented them with their own
24 For they went astray very far in the ways of error, and
held them for gods, which even among the beasts of their enemies
were despised, being deceived, as children of no understanding.
25 Therefore unto them, as to children without the use of
reason, thou didst send a judgment to mock them.
26 But they that would not be reformed by that correction,
wherein he dallied with them, shall feel a judgment worthy of
27 For, look, for what things they grudged, when they were
punished, that is, for them whom they thought to be gods; [now]
being punished in them, when they saw it, they acknowledged him to
be the true God, whom before they denied to know; and therefore
came extreme damnation upon them.
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 12: |
Verses: 27 | Words: 707 ]
URELY vain are all men by nature, who
are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are
seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they
acknowledge the workmaster;
But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of
the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the
gods which govern the world.
With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods; let
them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author
of beauty hath created them.
But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them
understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them.
For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the
maker of them is seen.
But yet for this they are the less to be blamed: for they
peradventure err, seeking God, and desirous to find him.
For being conversant in his works they search him diligently, and
believe their sight: because the things are beautiful that are
Howbeit neither are they to be pardoned.
For if they were able to know so much, that they could aim at the
world; how did they not sooner find out the Lord thereof?
10 But miserable are they, and in dead things is their hope,
who called them gods which are the works of men's hands gold
and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a stone
good for nothing, the work of an ancient hand.
11 Now a carpenter that felleth timber, after he hath sawn
down a tree meet for the purpose, and taken off all the bark
skilfully round about, and hath wrought it handsomely, and made a
vessel thereof fit for the service of man's life;
12 And after spending the refuse of his work to dress his
meat, hath filled himself;
13 And talking the very refuse among those which served to
no use, being a crooked piece of wood, and full of knots, hath
carved it diligently, when he had nothing else to do, and formed it
by the skill of his understanding, and fashioned it to the image of
14 Or made it like some vile beast, laying it over with
vermilion, and with paint colouring it red, and covering every spot
15 And when he had made a convenient room for it, set it in
a wall, and made it fast with iron:
16 For he provided for it that it might not fall, knowing
that it was unable to help itself; for it is an image, and hath
need of help:
17 Then maketh he prayer for his goods, fo1 his wife and
children, and is not ashamed to speak to that which hath no
18 For health he calleth upon that which is weak: for life
prayeth to that which is dead: for aid humbly beseecheth that which
hath least means to help: and for a good journey he asketh of that
which cannot set a foot forward:
19 And for gaining and getting, and for good success of his
hands, asketh ability to do of him, that is most unable to do any
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 13: |
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GAIN, one preparing himself to sail,
and about to pass through the raging waves, calleth upon a piece of
wood more rotten than the vessel that carrieth him.
For verily desire of gain devised that, and the workman built it by
But thy providence, O Father, governeth it: for thou hast made a
way in the sea, and a safe path he waves;
Shewing that thou canst save from all danger; yea, though a man
went to sea without art.
Nevertheless thou wouldest not that the works of thy wisdom should
be idle, and therefore do men commit their lives to a small piece
of wood and passing the rough sea in a weak vessel are saved.
For in the old time also, when the proud giants perished, the hope
of the world governed by thy hand escaped in a weak vessel, and
left to all ages a seed of generation.
For blessed is the wood whereby righteousness cometh.
But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that
made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being
corruptible, it was called god.
For the ungodly and his ungodliness are both alike hateful unto
10 For that which is made shall be punished together with
him that made it.
11 Therefore even upon the idols of the Gentiles shall there
be a visitation: because in the creature of God they are become an
abomination, and stumbling blocks to the souls of men, and a snare
to the feet of the unwise.
12 For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual
fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life.
13 For neither were they from the beginning, neither shall
they be for ever.
14 For by the vain glory of men they entered into the world,
and therefore shall they come shortly to an end.
15 For a father afflicted with untimely Mourning, when he
hath made an image of his child soon taken away, now honoured him
as a god which was then a dead man, and delivered to those that
were under him ceremonies and sacrifices.
16 Thus in process of time an ungodly custom grown strong
was kept as a law, and graven images were worshipped by the
commandments of kings.
17 Whom men could not honour in presence, because they dwelt
far off, they took the counterfeit of his visage from far, and made
an express image of a king whom they honoured, to the end that by
this their forwardness they might flatter him that was absent, as
if he were present.
18 Also the singular diligence of the artificer did help to
set forward the ignorant to more superstition.
19 For he, peradventure willing to please one in authority,
forced all his skill to make the resemblance of the best
20 And so the multitude, allured by the grace of the work,
took him now for a god, which a little before was but honoured as a
21 And this was an occasion to deceive the world: for men,
serving either calamity or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and
stocks the incommunicable name.
22 Moreover this was not enough for them, that they erred in
the knowledge of God; but whereas they lived in the great war of
ignorance, those so great plagues called they peace.
23 For whilst they slew their children in sacrifices, or
used secret ceremonies, or made revellings of strange rites;
24 They kept neither lives nor marriages any longer
undefiled: but either one slew another traiterously, or grieved him
25 So that there reigned in all men without exception blood,
manslaughter, theft, and dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness,
26 Disquieting of good men, forgetfulness of good turns,
defiling of souls, changing of kind, disorder in marriages,
adultery, and shameless uncleanness.
27 For the worshipping of idols not to be named is the
beginning, the cause, and the end, of all evil.
28 For either they are mad when they be merry, or prophesy
lies, or live unjustly, or else lightly forswear themselves.
29 For insomuch as their trust is in idols, which have no
life; though they swear falsely, yet they look not to be hurt.
30 Howbeit for both causes shall they be justly punished:
both because they thought not well of God, giving heed unto idols,
and also unjustly swore in deceit, despising holiness.
31 For it is not the power of them by whom they swear: but
it is the just vengeance of sinners, that punisheth always the
offence of the ungodly.
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 14: |
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UT thou, O God, art gracious and
true, longsuffering, and in mercy ordering all things.
For if we sin, we are thine, knowing thy power: but we will not
sin, knowing that we are counted thine.
For to know thee is perfect righteousness: yea, to know thy power
is the root of immortality.
For neither did the mischievous invention of men deceive us, nor an
image spotted with divers colours, the painter's fruitless
The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust after it, and so they
desire the form of a dead image, that hath no breath.
Both they that make them, they that desire them, and they that
worship them, are lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have
such things to trust upon.
For the potter, tempering soft earth, fashioneth every vessel with
much labour for our service: yea, of the same clay he maketh both
the vessels that serve for clean uses, and likewise also all such
as serve to the contrary: but what is the use of either sort, the
potter himself is the judge.
And employing his labours lewdly, he maketh a vain god of the same
clay, even he which a little before was made of earth himself, and
within a little while after returneth to the same, out of the which
he was taken, when his life which was lent him shall be
Notwithstanding his care is, not that he shall have much labour,
nor that his life is short: but striveth to excel goldsmiths and
silversmiths, and endeavoureth to do like the workers in brass, and
counteth it his glory to make counterfeit things.
10 His heart is ashes, his hope is more vile than earth, and
his life of less value than clay:
11 Forasmuch as he knew not his Maker, and him that inspired
into him an active soul, and breathed in a living spirit.
12 But they counted our life a pastime, and our time here a
market for gain: for, say they, we must be getting every way,
though it be by evil means.
13 For this man, that of earthly matter maketh brittle
vessels and graven images, knoweth himself to offend above all
14 And all the enemies of thy people, that hold them in
subjection, are most foolish, and are more miserable than very
15 For they counted all the idols of the heathen to be gods:
which neither have the use of eyes to see, nor noses to draw
breath, nor ears to hear, nor fingers of hands to handle; and as
for their feet, they are slow to go.
16 For man made them, and he that borrowed his own spirit
fashioned them: but no man can make a god like unto himself.
17 For being mortal, he worketh a dead thing with wicked
hands: for he himself is better than the things which he
worshippeth: whereas he lived once, but they never.
18 Yea, they worshipped those beasts also that are most
hateful: for being compared together, some are worse than
19 Neither are they beautiful, so much as to be desired in
respect of beasts: but they went without the praise of God and his
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 15: |
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HEREFORE by the like were they
punished worthily, and by the multitude of beasts tormented.
Instead of which punishment, dealing graciously with thine own
people, thou preparedst for them meat of a strange taste, even
quails to stir up their appetite:
To the end that they, desiring food, might for the ugly sight of
the beasts sent among them lothe even that, which they must needs
desire; but these, suffering penury for a short space, might be
made partakers of a strange taste.
For it was requisite, that upon them exercising tyranny should come
penury, which they could not avoid: but to these it should only be
shewed how their enemies were tormented.
For when the horrible fierceness of beasts came upon these, and
they perished with the stings of crooked serpents, thy wrath
endured not for ever:
But they were troubled for a small season, that they might be
admonished, having a sign of salvation, to put them in remembrance
of the commandment of thy law.
For he that turned himself toward it was not saved by the thing
that he saw, but by thee, that art the Saviour of all.
And in this thou madest thine enemies confess, that it is thou who
deliverest from all evil:
For them the bitings of grasshoppers and flies killed, neither was
there found any remedy for their life: for they were worthy to be
punished by such.
10 But thy sons not the very teeth of venomous dragons
overcame: for thy mercy was ever by them, and healed them.
11 For they were pricked, that they should remember thy
words; and were quickly saved, that not falling into deep
forgetfulness, they might be continually mindful of thy
12 For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that
restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all
13 For thou hast power of life and death: thou leadest to
the gates of hell, and bringest up again.
14 A man indeed killeth through his malice: and the spirit,
when it is gone forth, returneth not; neither the soul received up
15 But it is not possible to escape thine hand.
16 For the ungodly, that denied to know thee, were scourged
by the strength of thine arm: with strange rains, hails, and
showers, were they persecuted, that they could not avoid, and
through fire were they consumed.
17 For, which is most to be wondered at, the fire had more
force in the water, that quencheth all things: for the world
fighteth for the righteous.
18 For sometime the flame was mitigated, that it might not
burn up the beasts that were sent against the ungodly; but
themselves might see and perceive that they were persecuted with
the judgment of God.
19 And at another time it burneth even in the midst of water
above the power of fire, that it might destroy the fruits of an
20 Instead whereof thou feddest thine own people with
angels' food, and didst send them from heaven bread prepared
without their labour, able to content every man's delight, and
agreeing to every taste.
21 For thy sustenance declared thy sweetness unto thy
children, and serving to the appetite of the eater, tempered itself
to every man's liking.
22 But snow and ice endured the fire, and melted not, that
they might know that fire burning in the hail, and sparkling in the
rain, did destroy the fruits of the enemies.
23 But this again did even forget his own strength, that the
righteous might be nourished.
24 For the creature that serveth thee, who art the Maker,
increaseth his strength against the unrighteous for their
punishment, and abateth his strength for the benefit of such as put
their trust in thee.
25 Therefore even then was it altered into all fashions, and
was obedient to thy grace, that nourisheth all things, according to
the desire of them that had need:
26 That thy children, O Lord, whom thou lovest, might know,
that it is not the growing of fruits that nourisheth man: but that
it is thy word, which preserveth them that put their trust in
27 For that which was not destroyed of the fire, being
warmed with a little sunbeam, soon melted away:
28 That it might be known, that we must prevent the sun to
give thee thanks, and at the dayspring pray unto thee.
29 For the hope of the unthankful shall melt away as the
winter's hoar frost, and shall run away as unprofitable
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 16: |
Verses: 29 | Words: 745 ]
OR great are thy judgments, and
cannot be expressed: therefore unnurtured souls have erred.
For when unrighteous men thought to oppress the holy nation; they
being shut up, in their houses, the prisoners of darkness, and
fettered with the bonds of a long night, lay [there] exiled from
the eternal providence.
For while they supposed to lie hid in their secret sins, they were
scattered under a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly
astonished, and troubled with [strange] apparitions.
For neither might the corner that held them keep them from fear:
but noises [as of waters] falling down sounded about them, and sad
visions appeared unto them with heavy countenances.
No power of the fire might give them light: neither could the
bright flames of the stars endure to lighten that horrible
Only there appeared unto them a fire kindled of itself, very
dreadful: for being much terrified, they thought the things which
they saw to be worse than the sight they saw not.
As for the illusions of art magick, they were put down, and their
vaunting in wisdom was reproved with disgrace.
For they, that promised to drive away terrors and troubles from a
sick soul, were sick themselves of fear, worthy to be laughed
For though no terrible thing did fear them; yet being scared with
beasts that passed by, and hissing of serpents,
10 They died for fear, denying that they saw the air, which
could of no side be avoided.
11 For wickedness, condemned by her own witness, is very
timorous, and being pressed with conscience, always forecasteth
12 For fear is nothing else but a betraying of the succours
which reason offereth.
13 And the expectation from within, being less, counteth the
ignorance more than the cause which bringeth the torment.
14 But they sleeping the same sleep that night, which was
indeed intolerable, and which came upon them out of the bottoms of
15 Were partly vexed with monstrous apparitions, and partly
fainted, their heart failing them: for a sudden fear, and not
looked for, came upon them.
16 So then whosoever there fell down was straitly kept, shut
up in a prison without iron bars.
17 For whether he were husbandman, or shepherd, or a
labourer in the field, he was overtaken, and endured that
necessity, which could not be avoided: for they were all bound with
one chain of darkness.
18 Whether it were a whistling wind, or a melodious noise of
birds among the spreading branches, or a pleasing fall of water
19 Or a terrible sound of stones cast down, or a running
that could not be seen of skipping beasts, or a roaring voice of
most savage wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from the hollow
mountains; these things made them to swoon for fear.
20 For the whole world shined with clear light, and none
were hindered in their labour:
21 Over them only was spread an heavy night, an image of
that darkness which should afterwards receive them: but yet were
they unto themselves more grievous than the darkness.
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 17: |
Verses: 21 | Words: 509 ]
EVERTHELESS thy saints had a very
great light, whose voice they hearing, and not seeing their shape,
because they also had not suffered the same things, they counted
But for that they did not hurt them now, of whom they had been
wronged before, they thanked them, and besought them pardon for
that they had been enemies.
Instead whereof thou gavest them a burning pillar of fire, both to
be a guide of the unknown journey, and an harmless sun to entertain
For they were worthy to be deprived of light, and imprisoned in
darkness, who had kept thy sons shut up, by whom the uncorrupt
light of the law was to be given unto the world.
And when they had determined to slay the babes of the saints, one
child being cast forth, and saved, to reprove them, thou tookest
away the multitude of their children, and destroyedst them
altogether in a mighty water.
Of that night were our fathers certified afore, that assuredly
knowing unto what oaths they had given credence, they might
afterwards be of good cheer.
So of thy people was accepted both the salvation of the righteous,
and destruction of the enemies.
For wherewith thou didst punish our adversaries, by the same thou
didst glorify us, whom thou hadst called.
For the righteous children of good men did sacrifice secretly, and
with one consent made a holy law, that the saints should be alike
partakers of the same good and evil, the fathers now singing out
the songs of praise.
10 But on the other side there sounded an ill according cry
of the enemies; and a lamentable noise was carried abroad for
children that were bewailed.
11 The master and the servant were punished after one
manner; and like as the king, so suffered the common person.
12 So they all together had innumerable dead with one kind
of death; neither were the living sufficient to bury them: for in
one moment the noblest offspring of them was destroyed.
13 For whereas they would not believe any thing by reason of
the enchantments; upon the destruction of the firstborn, they
acknowledged this people to be the sons of God.
14 For while all things were in quiet silence, and that
night was in the midst of her swift course,
15 Thine Almighty word leaped down from heaven out of thy
royal throne, as a fierce man of war into the midst of a land of
16 And brought thine unfeigned commandment as a sharp sword,
and standing up filled all things with death; and it touched the
heaven, but it stood upon the earth.
17 Then suddenly visions of horrible dreams troubled them
sore, and terrors came upon them unlooked for.
18 And one thrown here, and another there, half dead, shewed
the cause of bus death.
19 For the dreams that troubled them did foreshew this, lest
they should perish, and not know why they were afflicted.
20 Yea, the tasting of death touched the righteous also, and
there was a destruction of the multitude in the wilderness: but the
wrath endured not long.
21 For then the blameless man made haste, and stood forth to
defend them; and bringing the shield of his proper ministry, even
prayer, and the propitiation of incense, set himself against the
wrath, and so brought the calamity to an end, declaring that he was
22 So he overcame the destroyer, not with strength of body,
nor force of arms, but with a word subdued he him that punished,
alleging the oaths and covenants made with the fathers.
23 For when the dead were now fallen down by heaps one upon
another, standing between, he stayed the wrath, and parted the way
to the living.
24 For in the long garment was the whole world, and in the
four rows of the stones was the glory of the fathers graven, and
thy Majesty upon the diadem of his head.
25 Unto these the destroyer gave place, and was afraid of
them: for it was enough that they only tasted of the wrath.
[ The Wisdom of Solomon: Chapter 18: |
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S for the ungodly, wrath came upon
them without mercy unto the end: for he knew before what they would
How that having given them leave to depart, and sent them hastily
away, they would repent and pursue them.
For whilst they were yet mourning and making lamentation at the
graves of the dead, they added another foolish device, and pursued
them as fugitives, whom they had intreated to be gone.
For the destiny, whereof they were worthy, drew them unto this end,
and made them forget the things that had already happened, that
they might fulfil the punishment which was wanting to their
And that thy people might pass a wonderful way: but they might find
a strange death.
For the whole creature in his proper kind was fashioned again anew,
serving the peculiar commandments that were given unto them, that
thy children might be kept without hurt:
As namely, a cloud shadowing the camp; and where water stood
before, dry land appeared; and out of the Red sea a way without
impediment; and out of the violent stream a green field:
Wherethrough all the people went that were defended with thy hand,
seeing thy marvellous strange wonders.
For they went at large like horses, and leaped like lambs, praising
thee, O Lord, who hadst delivered them.
10 For they were yet mindful of the things that were done
while they sojourned in the strange land, how the ground brought
forth flies instead of cattle, and how the river cast up a
multitude of frogs instead of fishes.
11 But afterwards they saw a new generation of fowls, when,
being led with their appetite, they asked delicate meats.
12 For quails came up unto them from the sea for their
13 And punishments came upon the sinners not without former
signs by the force of thunders: for they suffered justly according
to their own wickedness, insomuch as they used a more hard and
hateful behaviour toward strangers.
14 For the Sodomites did not receive those, whom they knew
not when they came: but these brought friends into bondage, that
had well deserved of them.
15 And not only so, but peradventure some respect shall be
had of those, because they used strangers not friendly:
16 But these very grievously afflicted them, whom they had
received with feastings, and were already made partakers of the
same laws with them.
17 Therefore even with blindness were these stricken, as
those were at the doors of the righteous man: when, being compassed
about with horrible great darkness, every one sought the passage of
his own doors.
18 For the elements were changed in themselves by a kind of
harmony, like as in a psaltery notes change the name of the tune,
and yet are always sounds; which may well be perceived by the sight
of the things that have been done.
19 For earthly things were turned into watery, and the
things, that before swam in the water, now went upon the
20 The fire had power in the water, forgetting his own
virtue: and the water forgat his own quenching nature.
21 On the other side, the flames wasted not the flesh of the
corruptible living things, though they walked therein; neither
melted they the icy kind of heavenly meat, that was of nature apt
22 For in all things, O Lord, thou didst magnify thy people,
and glorify them, neither didst thou lightly regard them: but didst
assist them in every time and place.