For in the memory of virtue is immortality:
Because it is recognized both by God and man.
And they long after it when it is departed:
And throughout all time it marcheth crowned in triumph,
Victorious in the strife for prizes undefiled.
And with bastard slips they shall not strike deep root,
Nor shall they establish a sure hold.
Yet, standing unsure, they shall be shaken by the wind,
And by the violence of winds they shall be rooted out.
And their fruit shall be useless,
Not ripe to eat, and meet for nothing.
Against parents when God searcheth them out.
The premature death of the righteous is followed by immortality, but the very memory of the ungodly shall perish.
8 (For honourable old age is not that which standeth in length of time,
And an unspotted life is ripe old age.)
And while living among sinners he was translated:
Or guile deceive his soul.
12 (For the fascination of wickedness bedimmeth the things which are good,
And the frenzy of desire perverteth an innocent mind.)
Therefore He hastened him out of the midst of wickedness.
And youth that is quickly perfected the many years of an unrighteous man’s age.
Neither laying this to heart:—
And not understand what the Lord purposed concerning him,
And for what he safely kept him:—
But them the Lord shall laugh to scorn.
And after this they shall become a dishonoured carcase,
And a reproach among the dead for ever:
And shall shake them from the foundations,
And their memory shall perish.
The remorse of the ungodly at the judgement. Their retrospect.
And their lawless deeds shall convict them to their face.
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