The Bible in Its Traditions

Wisdom 1:1–15

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Love justice, you who judge the land. Think of the Lord in goodness and seek him in simplicity of heart.

Love 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 is found by those who do not test him, yet he reveals himself to those who have faith in him.

For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him.

For perverse thoughts separate from God. But his virtue, when it is tested, corrects the foolish.

For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise.

For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subdued by sin.

For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin.

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For the holy spirit of instruction will flee from falsehood, and he will withdraw himself from thoughts that are without understanding, and he will not be reached when iniquity overcomes.

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For the spirit of wisdom is benevolent, and will not release the evil speaker from his talk, because God is a witness of his temperament, and a true examiner of his heart, and an auditor of his words.

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.

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For the spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and he who contains all things, retains knowledge of every voice.

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Therefore, he who speaks unjust things cannot escape notice, nor will the chastising judgment pass him by.

Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him.

For inquiry will be made into the thoughts of the impious, his conversation also will reach the hearing of God, to the chastising of his iniquities.

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 zealous ear hears all things, and the disturbance of complaining will not be hidden.

10  For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid.

11  Therefore, keep yourselves from complaining, which benefits nothing, and refrain your tongue from slander, because secret conversation will not pass into nothingness, and the mouth that deceives kills the soul.

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  Do not court death by the error of your life, nor procure your destruction by the works of your hands,

12  Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands.

13  because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the loss of the living.

13  For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living.

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14  For he created all things that they might exist, and he made the nations of the world curable, and there is no medicine of extermination in them, nor a kingdom of hell upon the earth.

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15  For justice is perpetual and immortal.

15  (For righteousness is immortal:)