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Wisdom 4

4:1 O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory: for the memory thereof is immortal: because it is known both with God and with men. (4:1) "O how beautiful is the chaste generation."
4:2 When it is present, they imitate it: and they desire it when it hath withdrawn itself, and it triumpheth crowned for ever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts.
4:3 But the multiplied brood of the wicked shall not thrive, and bastard slips shall not take deep root, nor any fast foundation. (4:3) "But the multiplied brood of the wicked shall not thrive, and bastard slips shall not take deep root."
4:4 And if 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.
4:5 For the branches not being perfect, shall be broken, and their fruits shall be unprofitable, and sour to eat, and fit for nothing.
4:6 For the children that are born of unlawful beds, are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial. (4:6) "The children that are born of unlawful beds, are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial."
4:7 But the just man, if he be prevented with death, shall be in rest.
4:8 For venerable old age is not that of long time, nor counted by the number of years: but the understanding of a man is grey hairs.
4:9 And a spotless life is old age.
4:10 He pleased God and was beloved, and living among sinners he was translated.
4:11 He was taken away lest wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul.
4:12 For the bewitching of vanity obscureth good things, and the wandering of concupiscence overturneth the innocent mind.
4:13 Being made perfect in a short space, he fulfilled a long time:
4:14 For his soul pleased God: therefore he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities: but the people see this, and understand not, nor lay up such things in their hearts:
4:15 That the grace of God, and his mercy is with his saints, and that he hath respect to his chosen.
4:16 But the just that is dead, condemneth the wicked that are living, and youth soon ended, the long life of the unjust. (4:16)
"The just that is dead, condemneth the wicked that are living."
Has there ever been a just person?
4:17 For they shall see the end of the wise man, and shall not understand what God hath designed for him, and why the Lord hath set him in safety.
4:18 They shall see him, and shall despise him: but the Lord shall laugh them to scorn. (4:18) "The Lord shall laugh them [the unjust] to scorn."
4:19 And they shall fall after this without honour, and be a reproach among the dead for ever: for he shall burst them puffed up and speechless, and shall shake them from the foundations, and they shall be utterly laid waste: they shall be in sorrow, and their memory shall perish.
4:20 They shall come with fear at the thought of their sins, and their iniquities shall stand against them to convict them.

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