be an image of his own eternity.
 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and
they that do hold of his side do find it.
 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.
the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery,
 And their going
from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace.
 For though they be punished in the sight of
men, yet is their hope full of immortality.
 And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for
God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.
 As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and
received them as a burnt offering.
 And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and
fro like sparks among the stubble.
 They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people,
and their Lord shall reign for ever.
 They 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
 But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own imaginations, which have neglected
the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.
 For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is miserable, and
their hope is vain, their labours unfruitful, and their works unprofitable:
 Their wives are foolish, and
their children wicked:
 Their 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.
 And 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.
 For glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of wisdom shall never fall away.
As for the children of adulterers, they shall not come to their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous
bed shall be rooted out.
 For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing regarded: and their last
age shall be without honour.
 Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither comfort in the day of
 For horrible is the end of the unrighteous generation.
 Better it is to have no children, and to have virtue: for the memorial thereof is immortal: because it
is known with God, and with men.
 When it is present, men take example at it; and when it is gone,
they desire it: it weareth a crown, and triumpheth for ever, having gotten the victory, striving for undefiled
 But the multiplying brood of the ungodly shall not thrive, nor take deep rooting from bastard
slips, nor lay any fast foundation.
 For though they flourish in branches for a time; yet standing not
last, they shall be shaken with the wind, and through the force of winds they shall be rooted out.
imperfect branches shall be broken off, their fruit unprofitable, not ripe to eat, yea, meet for nothing.
For children begotten of unlawful beds are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial.
But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest.
 For honourable age is not
that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years.
 But wisdom is the
gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age.
 He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so
that living among sinners he was translated.
 Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness
should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul.
 For the bewitching of naughtiness doth
obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind.
He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time:
 For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore
hasted he to take him away from among the wicked.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
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