For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever.
Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect. a10
But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves, those who disregarded the righteous b and rebelled against the Lord;
for those who despise wisdom and instruction are miserable. Their hope is vain, their labors are unprofitable, and their works are useless.
Their wives are foolish, and their children evil;
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