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Wisdom 3

(3:1-2) Just people don't die. They just smell that way.
Are there any just people?

(3:1) "The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them."

(3:2) "In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery."

3:1 But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them.
3:2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery:
3:3 And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace.
3:4 And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
3:5 Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself.
3:6 As gold in the furnace he hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust he hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them.
3:7 The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds.
3:8 They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.
3:9 They that trust in him, shall understand the truth: and they that are faithful in love shall rest in him: for grace and peace is to his elect. (3:11-13a)
Men who reject wisdom have foolish wives and wicked children.

(3:11-12) "He that rejecteth wisdom ... their wives are foolish, and their children wicked."

(3:13a) "Their offspring is cursed."

(3:13b-14) Virgins, eunuchs, and infertile women are especially blessed by God. (God hates sex.)

(3:13b) "Happy is the barren: and the undefiled, that hath not known bed in sin: she shall have fruit in the visitation of holy souls."

(3:14) "And the eunuch, that hath not wrought iniquity with his hands ... for the precious gift of faith shall be given to him, and a most acceptable lot in the temple of God."

(3:15) "The fruit of good labours is glorious, and the root of wisdom never faileth."

(3:16) "The children of adulterers shall not come to perfection, and the seed of the unlawful bed shall be rooted out."

3:10 But the wicked shall be punished according to their own devices: who have neglected the just, and have revolted from the Lord.
3:11 For he that rejecteth wisdom, and discipline, is unhappy: and their hope is vain, and their labours without fruit, and their works unprofitable.
3:12 Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked.
3:13 Their offspring is cursed: for happy is the barren: and the undefiled, that hath not known bed in sin: she shall have fruit in the visitation of holy souls.
3:14 And the eunuch, that hath not wrought iniquity with his hands, nor thought wicked things against God: for the precious gift of faith shall be given to him, and a most acceptable lot in the temple of God.
3:15 For the fruit of good labours is glorious, and the root of wisdom never faileth.
3:16 But the children of adulterers shall not come to perfection, and the seed of the unlawful bed shall be rooted out.
3:17 And if they live long, they shall be nothing regarded, and their last old age shall be without honour.
3:18 And if they die quickly, they shall have no hope, nor speech of comfort in the day of trial.
3:19 For dreadful are the ends of a wicked race. (3:19) "Dreadful are the ends of a wicked race."

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