Wis 4

1O how beautiful is the chaste fruit of purity! For its remembrance is immortal, because it is observed both with God and with men. 2When it is present, they imitate it, and they desire it when it has withdrawn itself, and it triumphs crowned forever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts. 3But the great number of the many different kinds of the impious will not be to their advantage, and spurious seedlings will not be given deep roots, nor will they establish any firm foundation. 4And if they spring forth with branches for a time, yet, being set infirmly, they will be shaken by the wind, and, by the superabundance of the winds, they will be eradicated. 5For the incomplete branches will be broken, and their fruits will be useless, and bitter to eat, and fit for nothing. 6For all the sons born from iniquity are witnesses of wickedness against their parents at their interrogation. 7But the just, if death seizes him beforehand, will be refreshed. 8For old age is made venerable, neither by lasting long, nor by counting the number of years; yet understanding is the gray hair of wisdom for men, 9and an immaculate life is a generation of sages. 10Pleasing to God, having been made beloved, and living among sinners, he was transformed. 11He was quickly taken away, for malice could not alter his understanding, nor could deceit beguile his soul. 12For fascination with entertainment obscures good things, and the unfaithfulness of desire subverts the mind without malice. 13Completed in a short time, he fulfilled many times. 14Truly his soul was pleasing to God. Because of this, he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities, but the people see this and do not understand, nor do they place such things in their hearts: 15that the grace and mercy of God is with his holy ones, and he watches over his elect. 16But the just dead will condemn the impious living, and youth hastily completed results in a long unjust life. 17For they will see the end of the wise, and will neither understand, nor imagine, that he is of God, and that therefore the Lord has safeguarded him. 18For they will see and despise him, but the Lord will ridicule them. 19And after this, they will fall without honor and with contempt among the dead forever. Seeing that they are puffed up and speechless, he will shatter them and will shake them from the foundations all the way to the top, to their utter desolation, and they will grieve and their remembrance will perish. 20They will hurry with fear at the understanding of their sins, and their iniquities will bear witness against them.
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