Tobit 3

1 {\cf2 Bvt the soules of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.}

2 {\cf2 In the sight of the vnwise they appeared to die, and their end was thought grieuous,}

3 {\cf2 And their departing from vs, destruction, but they are in peace.}

4 {\cf2 And though they suffer paine before men, yet is their hope full of immortalitie.}

5 {\cf2 They are punished, but in fewe things, yet in many things shal they be wel rewarded: for God proueth them, & findeth them meete for him selfe.}

6 {\cf2 He tryeth them as the golde in the fornace, and receiueth them as a perfect fruite offering.}

7 {\cf2 And in the time of their vision they shall shine, and runne thorowe as the sparks among the stubble.}

8 {\cf2 They shall iudge the nations, and haue dominion ouer the people, and their Lord shal reigne for euer.}

9 {\cf2 They that trust in him shall vnderstand the trueth, and the faythfull shall remaine with him in loue: for grace and mercy is among his Saints, and he regardeth his elect.}

10 {\cf2 But the vngodly shalbe punished according to their imaginations: for they haue despised the righteous, and forsaken the Lord.}

11 {\cf2 Who so despiseth wisdome and discipline, is miserable, and their hope is vaine, and their labours are foolish, and their workes vnprofitable:}

12 {\cf2 Their wiues are vndiscreete, and their children wicked: their offering is cursed.}

13 {\cf2 Therefore the barren is blessed which is vndefiled, and knoweth not the sinfull bed: she shal haue fruite in the visitation of the soules,}

14 {\cf2 And the eunuch, which with his hands hath not wrought iniquitie, nor imagined wicked things against God: for vnto him shalbe giuen the speciall gift of fayth, & an acceptable portion in the Temple of the Lord.}

15 {\cf2 For glorious is the fruite of good labours, and the roote of wisdome shall neuer fade away.}

16 {\cf2 But the children of adulterers shall not be partakers of the holy things, and the seede of the wicked bed shalbe rooted out.}

17 {\cf2 And though they liue long, yet shall they be nothing regarded, and their last age shalbe without honour.}

18 {\cf2 If they die hastely, they haue no hope, neither comfort in the day of tryall.}

19 {\cf2 For horrible is the end of the wicked generation.}