And delight not in corrupt children;
If they have no fear of the Lord.
4 From one thathh feareth the Lord a city is peopled,
But through a race of treacherous men it is desolatedi.
And mightier things than these mine ear hath heard.
(e) 16:6–14. God’s righteous wrath against the Wicked
And in an apostate nation doth wrath burn.
7 He forgave not the princesk of old,
Who were arrogant in their pride;
9 Nor did He spare the nation accursedo,
Dispossessed because of their sinp.
Who were destroyed in the arrogancy of their heartq.
A marvel it would be were he not punished.
For mercy and wrath are with Him,
And He will not suffer the desiret of the righteous to fail for ever.
Whose works were manifest under the heavens;
(f) 16:17–23. Man’s insignificance in the sight of God
And in the height who will remember me?
I shall not be noticedx among so illustrious a people,
And the deep, and the earthz;
19 aWhen He treadeth upon them they stand firm,
And when He visiteth them they tremblea.
bYea, the bottoms of the mountains, and the foundations of the world,
When Hec looketh upon them they tremble greatly.
And as for my ways, who will mark them?cc
Or if I deal untruly in all secrecy, who will know it?
22 dMy righteous dealing, who declareth it?
And the man of folly thinketh this.
(a). 16:24–30. Wisdom as seen in Creation
And set your heart upon my words.
25 I will pour out my spiritf by weight,
27 He set in order Hisk works for ever,
And they cease not from their worksn.
They never disobey His word.
30 With every living thing He filledq the earth;
(b) 17:1–14. God’s gifts to man
Manuscript A, containing ch. 3:6–16:26; this consists of six leaves, and may be of the eleventh century.
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The Greek Version