The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON

LOVE uprightness, you who judge1 the land, Think of the Lord with goodness, And seek him with sincerity of heart.

For he is found by those who do not2 try him, And is manifested to those who do not disbelieve him. 3 For crooked reasonings separate from God, And when his power is tested, it exposes fools.

For wisdom cannot enter a deceitful4 soul, Or live in a body in debt to sin.

For the holy spirit of instruction will5 flee from deceit, And will rise and leave at unwise reasoning, And be put to confusion at the approach of wrong.

For wisdom is a kindly spirit,6 And will not acquit a blasphemer of what he says, For God is a witness of his heart, And a truthful observer of his mind, And a hearer of his tongue.

For the spirit of the Lord fills the7 world, And that which embraces all things knows all that is said.

Therefore no one who utters what is8 wrong will go unobserved, Nor will justice, in its investigation, pass him by.

For there will be an inquiry into the9 designs of the ungodly, And the sound of his words will reach the Lord, To convict him of his transgressions.

For a jealous ear hears everything,10 And the sound of grumbling is not hidden.

So beware of useless grumbling,11 And spare your tongue from slander; For no secret word goes for naught, And a lying mouth destroys the soul.

Do not invite death by the error of12 your life, Or incur destruction by the work of your hands; For God did not make death, 13 And he does not enjoy the destruction of the living. For he created everything to exist, 14 And the generative forces of the world are wholesome, And there is no poisonous drug in them, And the kingdom of Hades is not on earth.

For uprightness is immortal. 15 But ungodly men by their acts and words have summoned him, 16 They thought him their friend, and softened, And made an agreement with him, For they are fit to belong to his party.

For they did not reason soundly, but 2 said to themselves, "Our life is short and miserable, And there is no cure when man comes to his end, And no one has been known to return from Hades.

For we were born at a venture,2 And hereafter we shall be as though we had never existed, Because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, And reason is a spark in the beating of our hearts; When it is quenched, the body Will 3 turn to ashes, And the spirit will dissolve like empty air.

And in time our name will be forgot­4 ten, And no one Will remember what we have done, And our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, And be scattered like mist Pursued by the sun's rays And overcome by its heat.

For our life is a fleeting shadow, 5 And there is no way to recall our end, For it is scaled up and no one can bring it back.

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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