1Love uprightness you who are rulers on earth, be properly disposed towards the Lord and seek him insimplicity of heart; 2for he wil be found by those who do not put him to the test, revealing himself to those who do notmistrust him. 3Perverse thoughts, however, separate people from God, and power, when put to the test, confounds thestupid. 4Wisdom wil never enter the soul of a wrong-doer, nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin; 5for the holy spirit of instruction flees deceitfulness, recoils from unintel igent thoughts, is thwarted by theonset of vice. 6Wisdom is a spirit friendly to humanity, though she will not let a blasphemer's words go unpunished;since God observes the very soul and accurately surveys the heart, listening to every word. 7For the spirit of the Lord fil s the world, and that which holds everything together knows every word said. 8No one who speaks what is wrong will go undetected, nor will avenging Justice pass by such a one. 9For the schemes of the godless wil be examined, and a report of his words wil reach the Lord toconvict him of his crimes. 10There is a jealous ear that overhears everything, not even a murmur of complaint escapes it. 11So beware of uttering frivolous complaints, restrain your tongue from finding fault; even what is said insecret has repercussions, and a lying mouth deals death to the soul. 12Do not court death by the errors of your ways, nor invite destruction through the work of your hands. 13For God did not make Death, he takes no pleasure in destroying the living. 14To exist -- for this he created all things; the creatures of the world have health in them, in them is nofatal poison, and Hades has no power over the world: 15for uprightness is immortal. 16But the godless cal for Death with deed and word, counting him friend, they wear themselves out forhim; with him they make a pact, worthy as they are to belong to him.
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