Wisdom of Solomon 5:15-6:3 (Vespers, 1st Reading - saint)

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Wisdom of Solomon 5:15-6:3 (Vespers, 1st Reading - saint)

The righteous live for ever, and their reward is with the Lord; the Most High takes care of them.  Therefore they will receive a glorious crown and a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord, because with his right hand he will cover them, and with his arm he will shield them.  The Lord will take his zeal as his whole armor, and will arm all creation to repel his enemies;  he will put on righteousness as a breastplate, and wear impartial justice as a helmet;  he will take holiness as an invincible shield,  and sharpen stern wrath for a sword, and creation will join with him to fight against the madmen.  Shafts of lightning will fly with true aim, and will leap to the target as from a well-drawn bow of clouds,  and hailstones full of wrath will be hurled as from a catapult; the water of the sea will rage against them, and rivers will relentlessly overwhelm them;  a mighty wind will rise against them , and like a tempest it will winnow them away. Lawlessness will lay waste the whole earth, and evil-doing will overturn the thrones of rulers.

Listen therefore, O kings, and understand; learn, O judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, you that rule over multitudes, and boast of many nations. For your dominion was given you from the Lord, and your sovereignty from the Most High, who will search out your works and inquire into your plans.


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