1Do not long for a brood of worthless children, and do not take pleasure in godless sons. 2However many you have, take no pleasure in them, unless the fear of the Lord lives among them. 3Do not count on their having long life, do not put too much faith in their number; for better have onethan a thousand, better die childless than have children who are godless. 4One person of sense can populate a city, but a race of lawless people will be destroyed. 5My eyes have seen many such things, my ears have heard things even more impressive. 6Fire is kindled in a sinful society, Retribution blazes in a rebel ious nation. 7God did not pardon the giants of old who, confident in their strength, had rebel ed. 8He did not spare the people with whom Lot lived; he abhorred them, rather, for their pride. 9He was pitiless to the nation of perdition -- those people who gloried in their sins- 10as also to the six hundred thousand men on the march, who had banded together in their obstinacy. 11And had there been only one man stubborn, it would have been amazing had he escaped unpunished,since mercy and wrath alike belong to the Lord who is mighty to forgive and to pour out wrath. 12As great as his mercy, so is his severity; he judges each person as his deeds deserve: 13the sinner wil not escape with his il -gotten gains nor the patience of the devout go for nothing. 14He takes note of every charitable action, and everyone is treated as he deserves. 15 16 17Do not say, 'I shal hide from the Lord; who is going to remember me up there? I shall not be noticedamong so many people; what am I in the immensity of creation?' 18For see, the sky and the heavens above the sky, the abyss and the earth shake at his visitation. 19The mountains and earth's foundations alike quail and tremble when he looks at them. 20But to all this no one gives thought. Who keeps his movements in mind? 21The storm wind itself is invisible, and most of what he does goes undetected. 22'Who wil report whether justice has been done? Who wil be watching? The covenant is remote!' 23Such are the thoughts of the person of little sense, stupid, misguided, cherishing his fol y. 24Listen to me, my child, and learn knowledge, and give your whole mind to my words. 25I shal expound discipline methodically and proclaim knowledge with precision. 26When God created his works in the beginning, he assigned them their places as soon as they weremade. 27He determined his works for al time, from their origins to their distant generations. They know neitherhunger nor weariness, and they never desert their duties. 28Not one has ever got in the way of another, and they wil never disobey his word. 29And afterwards the Lord looked at the earth, and filled it with his good things. 30He covered its surface with every kind of animal, and to it they wil return.
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