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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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1Better is childlessness with virtue; for immortal is its memory:* because both by God is it acknowledged, and by men. t Sir 16, 1ff; Prv 3, 3f . 2When it is present men imitate it, and they long for it when it is gone; And forever it marches crowned in triumph, victorious in unsullied deeds of valor. 3But the numerous progeny of the wicked shall be of no avail; their spurious offshoots shall not strike deep root nor take firm hold. u Sir 23, 25 . 4For even though their branches flourish for a time, they are unsteady and shall be rocked by the wind and, by the violence of the winds, uprooted; v Sir 40, 15; Is 40, 24 . 5Their twigs shall be broken off untimely, and their fruit be useless, unripe for eating, and fit for nothing. 6For children born of lawless unions give evidence of the wickedness of their parents, when they are examined.

C. ON EARLY DEATH

7But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest. w Wis 3, 3 . 8For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, x 8f: Jb 12, 12; 32, 9; Sir 25, 4ff . nor can it be measured in terms of years. 9Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age. 10He who pleased God was loved; y Gn 5, 24; Sir 44, 16; Heb 11, 5 . he who lived among sinners was transported—* 11Snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind or deceit beguile his soul; z Is 57, 1f . 12For the witchery of paltry things obscures what is right and the whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind. a Wis 2, 21; Dn 13, 9 . 13Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; 14for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. b Gn 19, 22. 29; 2 Pt 2, 7 . But the people saw and did not understand, nor did they take this into account.* 16Yes, the just man dead condemns the sinful who live, and youth swiftly completed condemns the many years of the wicked man grown old. c Mt 12, 41f . 17For they see the death of the wise man and do not understand what the LORD intended for him, or why he made him secure. 18They see, and hold him in contempt; but the LORD laughs them to scorn. d Ps 37, 13 . 19And they shall afterward become dishonored corpses e Neh 1, 10 LXX; Ps 18, 8; Is 14, 19; Jer 23, 39f . and an unceasing mockery among the dead. For he shall strike them down speechless and prostrate f 2 Mc 3, 29 . and rock them to their foundations; They shall be utterly laid waste and shall be in grief and their memory shall perish.

The Final Judgment of the Wicked

20Fearful shall they come, at the counting up* of their sins, and their lawless deeds shall convict them to their face.

Notes:

t: Sir 16, 1ff; Prv 3, 3f .

u: Sir 23, 25 .

v: Sir 40, 15; Is 40, 24 .

w: Wis 3, 3 .

x: 8f: Jb 12, 12; 32, 9; Sir 25, 4ff .

y: Gn 5, 24; Sir 44, 16; Heb 11, 5 .

z: Is 57, 1f .

a: Wis 2, 21; Dn 13, 9 .

b: Gn 19, 22. 29; 2 Pt 2, 7 .

c: Mt 12, 41f .

d: Ps 37, 13 .

e: Neh 1, 10 LXX; Ps 18, 8; Is 14, 19; Jer 23, 39f .

f: 2 Mc 3, 29 .

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