1 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness and seek him with sincerity of heart;
2 because he is found by those who do not put him to the test, and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
3 For perverse thoughts separate people from God, and when his power is tested, it exposes the foolish;
4 because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, or dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
5 For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit, and will leave foolish thoughts behind, and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.
6 For wisdom is a kindly spirit, but will not free blasphemers from the guilt of their words; because God is witness of their inmost feelings, and a true observer of their hearts, and a hearer of their tongues.
7 Because the spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which holds all things together knows what is said,
8 therefore those who utter unrighteous things will not escape notice, and justice, when it punishes, will not pass them by.
9 For inquiry will be made into the counsels of the ungodly, and a report of their words will come to the Lord, to convict them of their lawless deeds;
10 because a jealous ear hears all things, and the sound of grumbling does not go unheard.
11 Beware then of useless grumbling, and keep your tongue from slander; because no secret word is without result, a and a lying mouth destroys the soul.
12 Do not invite death by the error of your life, or bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
13 because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.
14 For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces b of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion c of Hades is not on earth.
15 For righteousness is immortal.
16 But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; d considering him a friend, they pined away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company.