Psalm 34:2-19 and Wisdom 2:23–3:9
2 I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will be ever in my mouth.
3 In the Lord, my soul will be praised. May the meek listen and rejoice.
4 Magnify the Lord with me, and let us extol his name in itself.
5 I sought the Lord, and he heeded me, and he carried me away from all my tribulations.
6 Approach him and be enlightened, and your faces will not be confounded.
7 This poor one cried out, and the Lord heeded him, and he saved him from all his tribulations.
8 The Angel of the Lord will encamp around those who fear him, and he will rescue them.
9 Taste and see that the Lord is sweet. Blessed is the man who hopes in him.
10 Fear the Lord, all you his saints. For there is no destitution for those who fear him.
11 The rich have been needy and hungry, but those who seek the Lord will not be deprived of any good thing.
12 Come forward, sons. Listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
13 Which is the man who wills life, who chooses to see good days?
14 Prohibit your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
15 Turn away from evil, and do good. Inquire about peace, and pursue it.
16 The eyes of the Lord are on the just, and his ears are with their prayers.
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.
23 For God created man to be immortal, and he made him in the image of his own likeness.
24 But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
25 yet they imitate him, who are from his side.
1 But the souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment of death will touch them.
2 In the eyes of the foolish, they seemed to die, and their departure was considered an affliction,
3 and their going away from us, a banishment. Yet they are in peace.
4 And though, in the sight of men, they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
5 Troubled in few things, in many things they will be well compensated, because God has tested them and found them worthy of himself.
6 Like gold in the furnace, he has proved them, and as a holocaust victim, he has received them, and in the time of their visitation
7 they will shine, and they will dash about like sparks among stubble.
8 They will judge the nations and they will rule over the people, and their Lord will reign forever.
9 Those who trust in him, will understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love will rest in him, because grace and peace is for his elect.
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