Wisdom of Solomon 3:1–19
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
10 But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves,
those who disregarded the righteousb
and rebelled against the Lord;
Their hope is vain, their labors are unprofitable,
and their works are useless.
For blessed is the barren woman who is undefiled,
who has not entered into a sinful union;
she will have fruit when God examines souls.
and who has not devised wicked things against the Lord;
for special favor will be shown him for his faithfulness,
and a place of great delight in the temple of the Lord.
and the root of understanding does not fail.
and the offspring of an unlawful union will perish.
and finally their old age will be without honor.
and no consolation on the day of judgment.
Text of this line uncertain; omitted by some ancient authorities. Compare 4:15
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