But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves,
who disregarded the righteous man and rebelled against the Lord;
for whoever despises wisdom and instruction is miserable.
Their hope is vain,
their labors are unprofitable,
and their works are useless.
Their wives are foolish,
and their children evil;
their offspring are accursed.
For blessed is the barren woman who is undefiled,
who has not entered into a sinful union;
she will have fruit when God examines souls.
Blessed also is the eunuch whose hands have done no lawless deed,
and who has not devised wicked things against the Lord;
for special favor will be shown him for his faithfulness,
and a place of great delight in the temple of the Lord.
For the fruit of good labors is renowned,
and the root of understanding does not fail.
But children of adulterers will not come to maturity,
and the offspring of an unlawful union will perish.
Even if they live long
they will be held of no account,
and finally their old age will be without honor.
If they die young, they will have no hope
and no consolation in the day of decision.
For the end of an unrighteous generation is grievous.
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