1 Do not desire a great number of worthless children,
Neither delight in wicked sons.
2 Though they increase, do not rejoice in them,
Unless the reverence of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is with them.
3 Do not trust in them living, neither regard their great number;
For one that is righteous is better than a thousand;
And it is better to die without children, than to have those who are wicked.
4 For by one that has understanding the city shall be filled;
But the offspring of the wicked shall be quickly laid waste.
5 Many such matters I have seen with my eyes,
And my ear has heard greater than these.
6 In the assembly of the wicked a fire shall be kindled;
And in a rebellious nation wrath is lit on fire.
7 He was not appeased toward the giants of old,
Who fell in the strength of their foolishness.
8 Neither did He spare the place where Lot sojourned,
But loathed them for their pride.
9 He had no compassion for the people of destruction,
Who were taken away in their sins;
10 Nor the six hundred thousand foot soldiers,
Who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.
11 And if there is one stiff-necked among the people,
It is marvel if he escapes unpunished;
For kindness and wrath are with Him.
He is mighty to forgive, and to pour out displeasure.
12 As His kindness is great, so is His discipline also.
He judges a man according to his works.
13 The sinner shall not escape with his plunder;
And the patience of the righteous shall not be defeated.
14 Make room for every act of kindness;
For everyone shall receive according to his works.
15 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know Him,
That His mighty works might be known to the world.
16 His kindness is revealed to every creature;
And He has separated His light from the darkness and is unbreakable.
17 Do not say, “I shall hide myself from 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
“Shall any remember me from above?
“I shall not be remembered among so many people;
“For what is my being among such a limitless number of creatures?”
18 See, the shamayim, and the shamayim of shamayim,
The deep, and the earth, and all that is in it,
Shall be moved at His visitation.
19 The mountains and foundations of the earth shall also be shaken with trembling,
When 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 looks upon them.
20 No heart may think upon these worthily;
And who is able to perceive His ways?
21 It is a whirlwind that no man sees;
For most of his works are hidden.
22 Who shall declare the works of His righteousness?
Or who shall endure them?
For His decree is far off,
And the trial of all is at the end.
23 He who lacks understanding shall think upon emptiness;
And a foolish man straying plots foolishness.
24 My son, listen to me and learn knowledge,
And know my words in your heart.
25 I shall present instruction by measure,
And declare His knowledge exactly.
26 The works of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 are done in right-ruling from the beginning;
And from the time He made them He laid out their parts.
27 He decorated His works forever,
And in His hand are the beginning of them to all generations;
They neither labour, nor are weary, nor cease from their works.
28 None of them withholds another,
And they never disobey His word.
29 After this 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 looked upon the earth,
And filled it with His bireḵoth.
30 Has He covered the face of it with all manner of living creatures;
And they shall return to it again.