Wisdom of Solomon
 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 will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as
do not distrust him.
 For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth
 For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto
 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding,
and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in.
 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.
 For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge
of the voice.
 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance,
when it punisheth, pass by him.
 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.
 For the ear
of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid.
 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.
 Seek not death in the error of your life: and
pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands.
 For God made not death: neither
hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living.
 For he created all things, that they might have their
being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor
the kingdom of death upon the earth:
 (For righteousness is immortal:)
 But ungodly men with
their works and words called it to them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed to
nought, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to take part with it.
 For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and
in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the
 For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for
the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart:
 Which being extinguished,
our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,
 And our name shall
be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as
the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun,
and overcome with the heat thereof.
 For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our
end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again.
 Come on therefore, let us
enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.
 Let us
fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us:
 Let us crown
ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered:
 Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let
us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this.
 Let us oppress
the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.
Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.
let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he
upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education.
He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord.
 He was
made to reprove our thoughts.
 He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other
men's, his ways are of another fashion.
 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth from
our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that
God is his father.
 Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of
 For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his
 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and
prove his patience.
 Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be
 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded
 As for the mysteries of God, they kn ew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness,
nor discerned a reward for blameless souls.
 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to