1But 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 in peace.
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 forever.
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 labors unfruitful, And their works unprofitable:
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 labors: 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 out.
17For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing regarded: And their last age shall be without honor.
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.