Wisdom is a spirit, a friend toman, and will not leave the blasphe-mous unpunished, because Godknows his innermost feelings, trulysees his thoughts and hears what hesays.
For God’s spirit has ﬁlled thewhole world and he who holds to-gether all things, knows each wordthat is spoken.
So whoever speaksunjustly will not escape; the irref u-
table sentence will reach him.
Theintentions of the unholy will be ex-amined; what he has said will reachthe Lord and his wickedness will beconfounded.
Remember that a jealous earhears everything; even whispers arerecorded.
Beware then, of empty com-plaints and keep your tongue fromfaultﬁnding, since your most secretword will have consequences; a lyingtongue brings death to the soul.
Donot bring about your own death byyour wrong way of living. And do notlet the work of your hands destroyyou.
God did not make death, nordoes he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
Since he has createdeverything, all creatures of the uni-verse are for our good; there is nodeadly poison in them and thenetherworld has no dominion overthe earth,
because justice is im-mortal.
The godless say there is no other life
It is the godless that considerdeath a friend and call for it in everyway. They have made a pact with itand they shall justly belong to it.
Led by mistaken reasons theythink, “Life is short and sad and
fact, it is a way of presenting God himself who,though he preserves his mystery, is close topeople and to events.
God did not make death nor does he re- joice in the destruction of the living
. His cre-ation is good and at the service of humankind.Death does not come from God as is explainedin 2:23, but rather from
the envy of the devil
.So, we are asked to look conﬁdently to theLord: to think well of him is to deny all thesefalse questions: Why does God allow evil,death, earthquakes and tragedies? God wantsonly life.• 16.
By chance we were born
. The “im-pious,” meaning those who have freed them-selves from the law of God and their con-science, are friends of death since they do notknow true life. For them wisdom consists inproﬁting from life:
let us enjoy the goodthings now
Let us see the truth of what he says
. Be-cause the godless are the friends of death, theynecessarily come to persecute and even kill thegood. For them it is like a game to prove towhat extent the righteous can remain ﬁrm,since they themselves believe in nothing. Theyneed to destroy others to convince themselvesthat they alone beneﬁt from life.
If the righteous is a son of God, God willdefend him
. The words in verses 16-20 revealthe situation of Jesus on the cross. Matthew, inparticular, will recall them in 27:43.This is also veriﬁed in the lives of real be-lievers, a scandal to a materialist who enjoysinﬂicting suffering on those who make sacri-ﬁces for others. We have seen comfortable“Christians” rejoicing over the death of thosewho speak of justice and who, by their involve-ment, disturb the conscience of the satisﬁed.The mentality of the godless who do not be-lieve in the hereafter is, in some way, verymuch like that of the society in which we live.
Let us set a trap for the righteous for he op- poses our way of life
. Secretly we all admirean upright person, but in any institution, herpresence disturbs us—in the unions just as inthe factories—because we cannot buy her con-science.
He does not live like others and behavesstrangely
. When this was written the Jewswere not well-thought-of by pagans because ofall the things in their lives that were differentfrom the pagan customs. The same is truenow, as well; even though believers try not tobe distinct, their integrity and enthusiasm makethem “strange.”
Those who take his side shall experiencedeath
. Those who do evil begin to experiencedeath. There is a physical wearing down caused
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