The Bible in Its Traditions

Wisdom 5:15–23

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15  For the hope of the impious is like feathers, which are blown away by the wind, and like a thin foam, which is dispersed by a storm, and like smoke, which is scattered by the wind, and like the memory of a guest who passes by one day.

15  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 tarrieth but a day.

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16  But the just will live forever, and their reward is with the Lord, and the thought of them is with the Most High.

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17  Therefore, they will receive a beautiful kingdom and a crown of splendor from the hand of the Lord, for with his right hand he will cover them, and with his holy arm he will defend them.

17  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.

18  And his zeal will take up arms, and he will equip his servants for retribution on their enemies.

18  He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemies.

19  He will put on justice as a breastplate, and he will grasp sure judgment as a helmet.

19  He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgement instead of an helmet.

20  He will select fairness as an invincible shield.

20  He shall take holiness for an invincible shield.

21  Yet he will sharpen his severe wrath into a spear, and he will fight with those of the world against the irrational.

21  His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with him against the unwise.

22  Shafts of lightning will hurl forth accurately, and, as if from a well-curved bow of clouds, they will be expelled and will fly to the determined mark.

22  Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and from the clouds, as from a well drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark.

23  And hail will be cast like stones full of anger, and the water of the sea will rise up against them, and the rivers will charge forth harshly.

23  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.