Conversation of Solomon with the men-pleasers.
Why do you sit, godless man, in the council of the holy, When 1 Gk. ‘and’. your heart is far removed from the Lord, Provoking with transgressions the God of Israel? 2 Extravagant in speech, extravagant in appearance above all men, Is the man severe in speech when he condemns sinners in judgement. 3 And his hand is first upon him as if in zeal, While 1 Gk. ‘and’. he is himself guilty of manifold sins and of intemperance. 4 His eyes are upon every woman without discrimination; His tongue is lying when he makes a contract with an oath. 5 At night and in secret he sins as if he were not seen: With his eyes he speaks to every woman in evil agreement: (6) 5He is quick to enter every house cheerfully as though without guile. (7) 6May God destroy those who live in hypocrisy in the company of the holy: With corruption of his flesh and with penury may God destroy his life. (8) 7May God reveal the works of the men-pleasers: With mockery and derision may God reveal his works. (9) 8And may the holy vindicate the judgement of their God, When sinners are destroyed from the presence of the righteous – (10) The man-pleaser who proclaims the law 2 Lit. ‘who speaks law’. with deceit. (11) 9And their eyes are upon the house of the man who is in security, That like a serpent they may destroy each other's 3 each other's: so the Gk., but probably corrupt, though no satisfactory suggestion has been put forward. wisdom with transgressors' words. (12) 10His words are deceptions for the accomplishment of an unrighteous desire: (13) He did not cease until he had succeeded in scattering families as if in bereavement: 11He laid waste a house for the sake of a lawless desire. (14) He deceived with words, saying, There is no one who sees and judges. (15) 12At this he was filled with lawlessness, And his eyes turned to another house, To destroy it with high-flown words; 13 Yet his soul, like Sheol, is not sated with all these. (16) 14May his portion, Lord, be dishonoured before thee; May he go forth groaning, and return home cursed. (17) 15May his life be spent in anguish and penury and want, O Lord: (18) 16May his sleep be beset with grief, and his waking with anxiety. May sleep be taken from his eyelids at night: May he fail dishonourably in every work he undertakes. 4 Lit. ‘work of his hands’. (19) 17May he enter his house empty-handed, And may his house be void of everything wherewith to satisfy his appetite. (20) 18May his old age right up to his death 5 Lit. ‘to his being taken up’ (cp. Luke ix. 51 ). be spent in loneliness without children. (21) 19May the flesh of the men-pleasers be torn apart by wild beasts, And may the bones of the lawless lie dishonoured in the sight of the sun. (22) 20May ravens pluck out the eys of hypocrites, (23) For they have laid waste many houses of men dishonourably, And have scattered them in their lust; (24) 21And they were not mindful of God, Nor did they fear God in all these things; (25) And they provoked and aroused God's anger. 22 May he destroy them from the earth, Because with deceit they have beguiled the souls of the innocent. (26) 23Blessed are those who fear the Lord in their innocence: (27) The Lord will deliver them from deceitful men and sinners, And he will deliver us from every snare of the lawless. (28) 24May God destroy those who insolently work every kind of unrighteousness, For a great judge, and mighty, is the Lord our God in righteousness. (28) 25May thy mercy, Lord, be upon all those who love thee.