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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 5

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1Then shall the just one with great assurance confront g 1f: 2 Thes 1, 6f . his oppressors who set at nought his labors. h Col 2, 15 . 2Seeing this, they shall be shaken with dreadful fear, and amazed at the unlooked‐for salvation. 3They shall say among themselves, rueful and groaning through anguish of spirit: “This is he whom once we held as a laughingstock and as a type for mockery, 4fools that we were! His life we accounted madness, and his death dishonored. 5See how he is accounted among the sons of God; how his lot is with the saints! i Acts 26, 18; Col 1, 12 . 6We, then, have strayed from the way of truth, j Prv 4, 18f; Jn 12, 35 . and the light of justice did not shine for us, and the sun did not rise for us. k 6f. Is 59, 6–14 . 7We had our fill of the ways of mischief and of ruin; we journeyed through impassable deserts, but the way of the LORD we knew not. 8What did our pride avail us? What have wealth and its boastfulness afforded us? l Ps 49, 7; Prv 10, 2 . 9All of them passed like a shadow and like a fleeting rumor; m 9ff. 1 Chr 20, 15; Ps 144, 4; Jb 9, 25f LXX. 10Like a ship traversing the heaving water, of which, when it has passed, no trace can be found, no path of its keel in the waves. 11Or like a bird flying through the air; no evidence of its course is to be found— But the fluid air, lashed by the beat of pinions, and cleft by the rushing force Of speeding wings, is traversed: and afterward no mark of passage can be found in it. 12Or as, when an arrow has been shot at a mark, the parted air straightway flows together again so that none discerns the way it went through— 13Even so we, once born, abruptly came to nought and held no sign of virtue to display, but were consumed in our wickedness.” n Ez 33, 10 . 14Yes, the hope of the wicked is like thistledown borne on the wind, and like fine, tempest‐driven foam; Like smoke scattered by the wind, and like the passing memory of the nomad camping for a single day. o Jb 21, 18; Ps 1, 4; 37, 20; Is 17, 13 . 15But the just live forever, and in the LORD is their recompense, and the thought of them is with the Most High. p Is 62, 11; Ez 18, 9 . 16Therefore shall they receive the splendid crown, the beauteous diadem, from the hand of the LORD— For he shall shelter them with his right hand, and protect them with his arm. q Ex 33, 22; Is 62, 3; 2 Tm 4, 8; 1 Pt 5, 4 . 17He shall take his zeal for armor r 17: Is 59, 16 . and he shall arm creation to requite the enemy; 18He shall don justice for a breastplate and shall wear sure judgment for a helmet; 19He shall take invincible rectitude as a shield s 19f: Dt 32, 40ff . 20and whet his sudden anger for a sword, And the universe shall war with him against the foolhardy. 21Well‐aimed shafts of lightnings shall go forth and from the clouds as from a well‐drawn bow shall leap to the mark; t Hb 3, 9ff . 22and as from his sling, wrathful hailstones shall be hurled. The water of the sea shall be enraged against them and the streams shall abruptly overflow; u Dt 11, 4 . 23A mighty wind shall confront them and a tempest winnow them out; Thus lawlessness shall lay the whole earth waste and evildoing overturn the thrones of potentates. v Wis 11, 20; Sir 10, 13f .

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g: 1f: 2 Thes 1, 6f .

h: Col 2, 15 .

i: Acts 26, 18; Col 1, 12 .

j: Prv 4, 18f; Jn 12, 35 .

k: 6f. Is 59, 6–14 .

l: Ps 49, 7; Prv 10, 2 .

m: 9ff. 1 Chr 20, 15; Ps 144, 4; Jb 9, 25f LXX.

n: Ez 33, 10 .

o: Jb 21, 18; Ps 1, 4; 37, 20; Is 17, 13 .

p: Is 62, 11; Ez 18, 9 .

q: Ex 33, 22; Is 62, 3; 2 Tm 4, 8; 1 Pt 5, 4 .

r: 17: Is 59, 16 .

s: 19f: Dt 32, 40ff .

t: Hb 3, 9ff .

u: Dt 11, 4 .

v: Wis 11, 20; Sir 10, 13f .

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