17 But the countenance of the Lord is upon those who do evil, to perish the remembrance of them from the earth.
18 The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and he freed them from all their tribulations.
19 The Lord is near to those who are troubled in heart, and he will save the humble in spirit.
20 Many are the afflictions of the just, but from them all the Lord will free them.
21 The Lord preserves all of their bones, not one of them shall be broken.
22 The death of a sinner is very harmful, and those who hate the just will fare badly.
23 The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants, and none of those who hope in him will fare badly.
Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22
1 For they have said, reasoning with themselves incorrectly:
12 Therefore, let us encircle the just, because he is useless to us, and he is against our works, and he reproaches us with our legal offenses, and makes known to us the sins of our way of life.
13 He promises that he has the knowledge of God and he calls himself the son of God.
14 He was made among us to expose our very thoughts.
15 He is grievous for us even to behold, for his life is unlike other men's lives, and immutable are his ways.
16 It is as if we are considered by him to be insignificant, and he abstains from our ways as from filth; he prefers the newly justified, and he glories that he has God for his father.
17 Let us see, then, if his words are true, and let us test what will happen to him, and then we will know what his end will be.
18 For if he is the true son of God, he will receive him and deliver him from the hands of his adversaries.
19 Let us examine him with insult and torture, that we may know his reverence and try his patience.
20 Let us condemn him to a most shameful death, for, according to his own words, God will care for him."
21 These things they thought, and they were mistaken, for their own malice blinded them.
22 And they were ignorant of the mysteries of God; they neither hoped for the reward of justice, nor judged the value of holy souls.
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