Tobit 12

1 {\cf2 For thine incorruptible spirit is in all things.}

2 {\cf2 Therfore thou chastenest them measurably that go wrong, and warnest them by putting them in remembrance of the things wherein they haue offended, that leauing wickednes, they may beleeue in thee, O Lord.}

3 {\cf2 As for those olde inhabitants of the holy land, thou diddest hate them.}

4 {\cf2 For they committed abominable workes, as sorceries and wicked sacrifices,}

5 {\cf2 And slaying of their owne children without mercy, & eating of ye bowels of mans flesh in banketing, where ye raging Priests shed abominable blood.}

6 {\cf2 And the fathers were the chiefe murtherers of the soules, destitute of all helpe, whome thou wouldest destroy by the hands of our fathers,}

7 {\cf2 That the land which thou louest aboue all other, might be a meete dwelling for the children of God.}

8 {\cf2 Neuertheles, thou sparedst them also as men, and sendedst the forerunners of thine hoste, euen hornets to destroy them by litle and litle,}

9 {\cf2 Not that thou wast vnable to subdue the vngodly vnto ye righteous in battel, or with cruell beasts, or with one rough word to destroy them together.}

10 {\cf2 But in punishing them by litle and litle, thou gauest them space to repent, knowing well, that it was an vnrighteous nation & wicked of nature, and that their thought could neuer be altered.}

11 {\cf2 For it was a cursed seede from the beginning: yet hast thou not spared them when they sinned, because thou fearedst any man.}

12 {\cf2 For who dare say, What hast thou done? Or who dare stand against thy iudgement? Or who dare accuse thee for the nations that perish, whome thou hast made? Or who dare stand against thee to reuenge the wicked men?}

13 {\cf2 For there is none other God but thou, that carest for all things, that thou mayest declare how that thy iudgement is not vnright.}

14 {\cf2 There dare neither King nor tyrant in thy sight require accounts of them whome thou hast punished.}

15 {\cf2 For so much then as thou are righteous thy selfe, thou orderest all things righteously, thinking it not agreeable to thy power to condemne him, that hath not deserued to be punished.}

16 {\cf2 For thy power is the beginning of righteousnesse, and because thou art Lorde of all things, it causeth thee to spare all things.}

17 {\cf2 When men thinke thee not to be of a perfit power, thou declarest thy power, and reprouest the boldnesse of the wise.}

18 {\cf2 But thou ruling the power, iudgest with equitie, and gouernest vs with great fauour: for thou maist shewe thy power when thou wilt.}

19 {\cf2 By such workes nowe hast thou taught thy people, that a man should be iust and louing, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope: for thou giuest repentance to sinners.}

20 {\cf2 For if thou hast punished the enemies of thy children that had deserued death with so great consideration, & requesting vnto them, giuing them time & place that they might change fro their wickednesse,}

21 {\cf2 With howe great circumspection wilt thou punish thine owne childre, vnto whose fathers thou hast sworne and made couenants of good promises?}

22 {\cf2 So when thou doest chasten vs, thou punishest our enemies a thousand times more, to the intent that when we iudge, we shoulde diligently consider thy goodnesse, and when we are iudged, we shoulde hope for mercie.}

23 {\cf2 Wherfore thou hast tormented ye wicked that haue liued a dissolute life by their own imaginatios.}

24 {\cf2 For they went astray very farre in the wayes of errour, and esteemed the beastes, which their enemies despised, for gods, being abused after the maner of children, that haue none vnderstanding.}

25 {\cf2 Therefore hast thou sent this punishment that they should be in derisio as childre without reason.}

26 {\cf2 But they that will not be reformed by those scornefull rebukes, shall feele the worthie punishment of God.}

27 {\cf2 For in those things when they suffered, they disdained, but in these whom they counted godly, when they sawe themselues punished by them, they all acknowledged the true God whom afore they had denied to knowe: therefore came extreme damnation vpon them.}