Wisdom protected the father of the world, the first man that was ever formed, when he alone had been created. She saved him from his own sinful act 2and gave him the strength to master everything on earth.
But there was an unrighteous man who abandoned Wisdom; he destroyed himself by killing his brother in a fit of anger.
Because of that sin, the earth was flooded, but Wisdom saved it again. She guided a righteous man in his flimsy wooden boat.
Once when the nations were frustrated in their wicked plans, Wisdom recognized a righteous man and kept him innocent in God's sight. She gave him strength to obey God's command in spite of his love for his son.
Wisdom rescued a righteous man while ungodly people were dying. He escaped the flames that destroyed the Five Cities. 7You can still see the evidence of their wickedness. The land there is barren and smoking. The plants bear fruit that never ripens, and a pillar of salt stands as a monument to one who did not believe. 8The people of those cities ignored Wisdom and could not tell right from wrong. Not only that, but the remains of their cities still remind us of the foolish way they lived, so that their failure can never be forgotten. 9But Wisdom rescued her servants from the danger.
A righteous man once had to escape from his brother's anger, and Wisdom guided him in the right way. She showed him God's kingdom and allowed him to know about holy things.10.10 holy things; or angels. She made him prosperous and successful in his work. 11When others were greedy for what he had, and wanted to take it away from him, Wisdom stood by him and made him rich. 12She protected him from his enemies who were waiting for a chance to attack him. She gave him victory in a hard fight, so that he might realize that nothing can make a person stronger than serving God.
There was once a righteous man who was sold into slavery, but Wisdom did not abandon him. She kept him safe from sin. She went to prison with him 14and never left him until she had given him power over an empire and made him the ruler of people who had once oppressed him. She let it be known that a false accusation had been made against him, and she gave him eternal honour.
Wisdom once rescued an innocent and holy people from a nation of oppressors. 16She entered the soul of one of God's servants and10.16 and; or who. stood up to dreaded kings by performing miracles. 17She rewarded God's people for their hardships. She guided them on a miraculous journey. She gave them shade during the day and brilliant starlight at night. 18She led them through the deep waters of the Red Sea, 19but she drowned their enemies and washed their bodies up on the shore. 20And so the righteous looted the ungodly. They sang hymns to your holy name, O Lord; together they praised you for defending them. 21Wisdom gave speech to those who could not speak; she even caused babies to speak clearly.
Wisdom brought success to the people of Israel through a holy prophet. 2They travelled across a desert where no one lived and camped in places where no human being had ever been. 3They stood up to their enemies and fought them off. 4When your people grew thirsty, they called to you, Lord, and you gave them water flowing out of solid rock. 5The disasters that punished the Egyptians saved your people when they were in trouble.
6-8Because those enemies decreed that the babies of your people should be killed, you stirred up the sources of their ever-flowing river and made it foul with blood.
In the desert you let your people go thirsty, to give them a taste of how you had punished their enemies. And then, when they least expected it, you gave them plenty of water. 9When they were being tested, even though it was a merciful discipline, they learnt how wicked people were tortured when you judged them in anger. 10You tested your people, as parents test their children, to warn them. But you judged their enemies like a stern king and condemned them. 11They suffered, whether they were near your people or far from them. 12Their sorrow was doubled; they groaned as they looked back on what had happened. 13When they learnt that their punishment had been of benefit to your people, they realized that it was your work, Lord. 14The Egyptians had refused to have anything to do with that man who, long before, as a baby, had been thrown out and exposed; but as things worked out, they ended by being amazed at him. The righteous never suffered a thirst like theirs.
Their wickedness misled them into silly ideas, so that they worshipped snakes and other disgusting animals, creatures without any powers of reason. Because of this, you punished them with millions of such animals, 16and taught them that punishment for sin takes the same form as the sin itself. 17Your almighty power, Lord, created the world out of material that had no form at all. You could easily have punished those people by sending an invasion of bears or savage lions. 18You could have created new and terrible animals, that could breathe fire or roar and send out clouds of smoke, or shoot out fearful sparks from their eyes. 19You could have made animals like these that would not have to attack those people to kill them, but could scare them to death just by looking at them. 20But this was not necessary. You could have pursued them with your justice or struck them dead at the slightest hint of your power. But you have chosen to measure, count, and weigh everything you do.
21You can show your great power whenever you wish, and no one can stand up against it. 22In your sight the whole world is a grain of sand, barely heavy enough to tip a pair of scales, a drop of dew on the ground in the morning. 23You are powerful enough to do anything, but you are merciful to everyone; you overlook our sins and give us time to repent. 24You love everything that exists; you do not despise anything that you have made. If you had not liked it, you would not have made it in the first place. 25How could anything last, if you did not want it to? How could it endure, if you had not created it? 26You have allowed it all to exist, O Lord, because it is yours, and you love every living thing.
121Your immortal spirit is in every one of them, 2and so you gently correct those who sin against you. You remind them of what they are doing, and warn them about it, so that they may abandon their evil ways and put their trust in you, Lord.
You hated the people who lived in your holy land long ago, because they did horrible things: they practised magic and conducted unholy worship; 5they killed children without mercy and ate the flesh and blood of human beings. They were initiated into secret rituals12.5 They were… rituals; Greek unclear. 6in which parents murdered their own defenceless children. It was your will that our ancestors should destroy those people, 7so that the land which you consider the most precious of all lands would be a suitable home for your people. 8
But even in this you showed mercy towards their enemies, since they too were human beings. You sent hornets ahead of your army, to destroy the enemy gradually. 9You could have allowed the righteous to destroy those ungodly people in battle; you could have wiped them out immediately with wild animals or with one harsh command. 10
But instead, you carried out your sentence gradually, to give them a chance to repent, even though you knew that they came from evil stock, that they had been wicked since birth, and that they would never change their way of thinking. 11Their whole nation was cursed from the start, and though you had not punished them for their sins, it was not because you were afraid of anyone.
12You created those wicked people, and no one can speak in their defence or condemn you for destroying them. No one can question what you have done or challenge your judgement. 13All things are under your care, and there is no other god to whom you must justify your decisions. 14No king or ruler on earth can accuse you of punishing those people unfairly. 15You are righteous, and you rule everything righteously. You have never used your power to condemn a person who does not deserve to be punished. 16Your strength is the source of justice. You can show mercy to everyone, because you are the Lord of all. 17You show your strength when people doubt that your power is perfect, and you punish anyone who knows your power but dares to ignore it. 18Even though you have absolute power, you are a merciful judge. You could take action against us whenever you choose, but instead, you rule us with great patience.
19By the things you have done you have taught your people that a person who is righteous must also be kind. You have given your people abundant hope by allowing them to repent of their sins. 20You were very careful and patient in punishing your people's enemies; even when they deserved to die, you gave them every opportunity to give up their sinful ways. 21But you judged your own people very strictly, even though you had made covenants with their ancestors and had solemnly promised to give them good things.
22Yes, you punish us, but you punish our enemies 10,000 times more, so that when we judge others, we may remember your goodness, and when we are being judged, we may look for mercy.
23And so you tormented those who were foolish enough to live wickedly — you tormented them with the horrible things they worshipped. 24They had wandered far away from the truth and worshipped the most disgusting and horrible animals. They were deceived as easily as little children. 25And so you punished them for their stupidity, and your judgement made them look like fools. 26It was a light punishment, but those who pay no attention to such warnings deserve to feel the full weight of God's judgement. 27When they were punished with those creatures they considered gods, they became bitterly disillusioned and recognized that the true God was the one they had always refused to acknowledge. That is why they suffered the final punishment.