1 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth,
think of the Lord in goodness
and seek him with sincerity of heart;
and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
and when his power is tested, it exposes the foolish;
or dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
and will leave foolish thoughts behind,
and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.
but will not free blasphemers from the guilt of their words;
because God is witness of their inmost feelings,
and a true observer of their hearts, and a hearer of their tongues.
and that which holds all things together knows what is said,
and justice, when it punishes, will not pass them by.
and a report of their words will come to the Lord,
to convict them of their lawless deeds;
and the sound of grumbling does not go unheard.
and keep your tongue from slander;
because no secret word is without result,a
and a lying mouth destroys the soul.
or bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
the generative forcesb of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominionc of Hades is not on earth.
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