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1:1 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth, think of the Lord with uprightness, and seek him with sincerity of heart;

1:2 because he is found by those who do not put him to the test, and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.

1:3 For perverse thoughts separate men from God, and when his power is tested, it convicts the foolish;

1:4 because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin.

1:5 For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit, and will rise and depart from foolish thoughts, and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.

1:6 For wisdom is a kindly spirit and will not free a blasphemer from the guilt of his words; because God is witness of his inmost feelings, and a true observer of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue.

1:7 Because the Spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which holds all things together knows what is said;

1:8 therefore no one who utters unrighteous things will escape notice, and justice, when it punishes, will not pass him by.

1:9 For inquiry will be made into the counsels of an ungodly man, and a report of his words will come to the Lord, to convict him of his lawless deeds;

1:10 because a jealous ear hears all things, and the sound of murmurings does not go unheard.

1:11 Beware then of useless murmuring, and keep your tongue from slander; because no secret word is without result, and a lying mouth destroys the soul.

1:12 Do not invite death by the error of your life, nor bring on destruction by the works of your hands;

1:13 because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.

1:14 For he created all things that they might exist, and the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them; and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.

1:15 For righteousness is immortal.

1:16 But ungodly men by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined away, and they made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his party.

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