CHAPTER 1 Exhortation to Righteousness, the Key to Life 1   1Love righteousness,[B] you who judge the earth; think of the LORD in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart; 2Because he is found by those who do not test him, and manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. 3For perverse counsels separate people from God, and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy; 4[C] Because into a soul that plots evil wisdom does not enter, nor does she dwell in a body under debt of sin. 5For the holy spirit of discipline[D] flees deceit and withdraws from senseless counsels and is rebuked when unrighteousness occurs.   6For wisdom is a kindly spirit, yet she does not acquit blasphemous lips; Because God is the witness of the inmost self and the sure observer of the heart and the listener to the tongue. 7For the spirit of the LORD fills the world, is all–embracing, and knows whatever is said. 8Therefore those who utter wicked things will not go unnoticed, nor will chastising condemnation pass them by. 9For the devices of the wicked shall be scrutinized, and the sound of their words shall reach the LORD, for the chastisement of their transgressions; 10Because a jealous ear hearkens to everything, and discordant grumblings are not secret. 11Therefore guard against profitless grumbling, and from calumny[E] withhold your tongues; For a stealthy utterance will not go unpunished, and a lying mouth destroys the soul.   12Do not court death[F] by your erring way of life, nor draw to yourselves destruction by the works of your hands. 13Because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. 14For he fashioned all things that they might have being, and the creatures of the world are wholesome; There is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of Hades[G] on earth, 15For righteousness is undying.[H]   The Wicked Reject Immortality and Righteousness Alike 16It was the wicked who with hands and words invited death, considered it a friend, and pined for it, and made a covenant with it, Because they deserve to be allied with it.  
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