3 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
but they are at peace.
their hope is full of immortality.
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
and the Lord will reign over them forever.
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.a
Text of this line uncertain; omitted by some ancient authorities. Compare 4:15