The Bible in Its Traditions

Wisdom 4:7–19

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But the just, if death seizes him beforehand, will be refreshed.

But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest.

For old age is made venerable, neither by lasting long, nor by counting the number of years; yet understanding is the gray hair of wisdom for men,

For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years.

and an immaculate life is a generation of sages.

But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age.

10  Pleasing to God, having been made beloved, and living among sinners, he was transformed.

10  He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so that living among sinners he was translated.

11  He was quickly taken away, for malice could not alter his understanding, nor could deceit beguile his soul.

11  Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul.

12  For fascination with entertainment obscures good things, and the unfaithfulness of desire subverts the mind without malice.

12  For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind.

13  Completed in a short time, he fulfilled many times.

13  He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time

14  Truly his soul was pleasing to God. Because of this, he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities, but the people see this and do not understand, nor do they place such things in their hearts

14  For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked.

15  that the grace and mercy of God is with his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

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  But the just dead will condemn the impious living, and youth hastily completed results in a long unjust life.

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 will see the end of the wise, and will neither understand, nor imagine, that he is of God, and that therefore the Lord has safeguarded him.

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  For they will see and despise him, but the Lord will ridicule them.

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  And after this, they will fall without honor and with contempt among the dead forever. Seeing that they are puffed up and speechless, he will shatter them and will shake them from the foundations all the way to the top, to their utter desolation, and they will grieve and their remembrance will perish.

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.