Sapientia
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Sapientia - caput 12Wisdom - chapter 12


1 O quam bonus et suavis est, Domine, spiritus tuus in omnibus!

O how good and sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things!

2 Ideoque eos qui exerrant partibus corripis, et de quibus peccant admones et alloqueris, ut relicta malitia credant in te, Domine.

And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little: and admonishest them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend: that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord.

3 Illos enim antiquos inhabitatores terræ sanctæ tuæ, quos exhorruisti,

For those ancient inhabitants of thy holy land, whom thou didst abhor,

4 quoniam odibilia opera tibi faciebant per medicamina et sacrificia injusta,

Because they did works hateful to thee by their sorceries, and wicked sacrifices,

5 et filiorum suorum necatores sine misericordia, et comestores viscerum hominum, et devoratores sanguinis a medio sacramento tuo,

And those merciless murderers of their own children, and eaters of men' s bowels, and devourers of blood from the midst of thy consecration,

6 et auctores parentes animarum inauxiliatarum, perdere voluisti per manus parentum nostrorum;

And those parents sacrificing with their own hands helpless souls, it was thy will to destroy by the hands of our parents,

7 ut dignam perciperent peregrinationem puerorum Dei, quæ tibi omnium carior est terra.

That the land which of all is most dear to thee might receive a worthy colony of the children of God.

8 Sed et his tamquam hominibus pepercisti, et misisti antecessores exercitus tui vespas, ut illos paulatim exterminarent.

Yet even those thou sparedst as men, and didst send wasps, forerunners of thy host, to destroy them by little and little.

9 Non quia impotens eras in bello subjicere impios justis, aut bestiis sævis, aut verbo duro simul exterminare;

Not that thou wast unable to bring the wicked under the just by war, or by cruel beasts, or with one rough word to destroy them at once:

10 sed partibus judicans, dabas locum pœnitentiæ, non ignorans quoniam nequam est natio eorum, et naturalis malitia ipsorum, et quoniam non poterat mutari cogitatio illorum in perpetuum.

But executing thy judgments by degrees thou gavest them place of repentance, not being ignorant that they were a wicked generation, and their malice natural, and that their thought could never be changed.

11 Semen enim erat maledictum ab initio; nec timens aliquem, veniam dabas peccatis illorum.

For it was a cursed seed from the beginning: neither didst thou for fear of any one give pardon to their sins.

12 Quis enim dicet tibi: Quid fecisti? aut quis stabit contra judicium tuum? aut quis in conspectu tuo veniet vindex iniquorum hominum? aut quis tibi imputabit, si perierint nationes quas tu fecisti?

For who shall say to thee: What hast thou done? or who shall withstand thy judgment? or who shall come before thee to be a revenger of wicked men? or who shall accuse thee, if the nations perish, which thou hast made?

13 Non enim est alius Deus quam tu, cui cura est de omnibus, ut ostendas quoniam non injuste judicas judicium.

For there is no other God but thou, who hast care of all, that thou shouldst shew that thou dost not give judgment unjustly.

14 Neque rex neque tyrannus in conspectu tuo inquirent de his quos perdidisti.

Neither shall king, nor tyrant in thy sight inquire about them whom thou hast destroyed.

15 Cum ergo sis justus, juste omnia disponis; ipsum quoque qui non debet puniri condemnare, exterum æstimas a tua virtute.

For so much then as thou art just, thou orderest all things justly: thinking it not agreeable to thy power, to condemn him who deserveth not to be punished.

16 Virtus enim tua justitiæ initium est, et ob hoc quod Dominus es, omnibus te parcere facis.

For thy power is the beginning of justice: and because thou art Lord of all, thou makest thyself gracious to all.

17 Virtutem enim ostendis tu, qui non crederis esse in virtute consummatus, et horum qui te nesciunt audaciam traducis.

For thou shewest thy power, when men will not believe thee to be absolute in power, and thou convincest the boldness of them that know thee not.

18 Tu autem dominator virtutis, cum tranquilitate judicas, et cum magna reverentia disponis nos: subest enim tibi, cum volueris posse.

But thou being master of power, judgest with tranquillity; and with great favour disposest of us: for thy power is at hand when thou wilt.

19 Docuisti autem populum tuum, per talia opera, quoniam oportet justum esse et humanum; et bonæ spei fecisti filios tuos, quoniam judicans das locum in peccatis pœnitentiæ.

But thou hast taught thy people by such works, that they must be just and humane, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope: because in judging thou givest place for repentance for sins.

20 Si enim inimicos servorum tuorum, et debitos morti, cum tanta cruciasti attentione, dans tempus et locum per quæ possent mutari a malitia:

For if thou didst punish the enemies of thy servants, and that deserved to die, with so great deliberation, giving them time and place whereby they might be changed from their wickedness:

21 cum quanta diligentia judicasti filios tuos, quorum parentibus juramenta et conventiones dedisti bonarum promissionum!

With what circumspection hast thou judged thy own children, to whose parents thou hast sworn and made covenants of good promises?

22 Cum ergo das nobis disciplinam, inimicos nostros multipliciter flagellas, ut bonitatem tuam cogitemus judicantes, et cum de nobis judicatur, speremus misericordiam tuam.

Therefore whereas thou chastisest us, thou scourgest our enemies very many ways, to the end that when we judge we may think on thy goodness: and when we are judged, we may hope for thy mercy.

23 Unde et illis qui in vita sua insensate et injuste vixerunt, per hæc quæ coluerunt dedisti summa tormenta.

Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshipped.

24 Etenim in erroris via diutius erraverunt, deos æstimantes hæc quæ in animalibus sunt supervacua, infantium insensatorum more viventes.

For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.

25 Propter hoc tamquam pueris insensatis judicium in derisum dedisti.

Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them as senseless children to mock them.

26 Qui autem ludibriis et increpationibus non sunt correcti, dignum Dei judicium experti sunt.

But they that were not amended by mockeries and reprehensions, experienced the worthy judgment of God.

27 In quibus enim patientes indignabantur per hæc quos putabant deos, in ipsis cum exterminarentur videntes, illum quem olim negabant se nosse, verum Deum agnoverunt; propter quod et finis condemnationis eorum venit super illos.

For seeing with indignation that they suffered by those very things which they took for gods, when they were destroyed by the same, they acknowledged him the true God, whom in time past they denied that they knew: for which cause the end also of their condemnation came upon them.
Sapientia - caput 12


1 O quam bonus et suavis est, Domine, spiritus tuus in omnibus!

O how good and sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things!

2 Ideoque eos qui exerrant partibus corripis, et de quibus peccant admones et alloqueris, ut relicta malitia credant in te, Domine.

And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little: and admonishest them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend: that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord.

3 Illos enim antiquos inhabitatores terræ sanctæ tuæ, quos exhorruisti,

For those ancient inhabitants of thy holy land, whom thou didst abhor,

4 quoniam odibilia opera tibi faciebant per medicamina et sacrificia injusta,

Because they did works hateful to thee by their sorceries, and wicked sacrifices,

5 et filiorum suorum necatores sine misericordia, et comestores viscerum hominum, et devoratores sanguinis a medio sacramento tuo,

And those merciless murderers of their own children, and eaters of men' s bowels, and devourers of blood from the midst of thy consecration,

6 et auctores parentes animarum inauxiliatarum, perdere voluisti per manus parentum nostrorum;

And those parents sacrificing with their own hands helpless souls, it was thy will to destroy by the hands of our parents,

7 ut dignam perciperent peregrinationem puerorum Dei, quæ tibi omnium carior est terra.

That the land which of all is most dear to thee might receive a worthy colony of the children of God.

8 Sed et his tamquam hominibus pepercisti, et misisti antecessores exercitus tui vespas, ut illos paulatim exterminarent.

Yet even those thou sparedst as men, and didst send wasps, forerunners of thy host, to destroy them by little and little.

9 Non quia impotens eras in bello subjicere impios justis, aut bestiis sævis, aut verbo duro simul exterminare;

Not that thou wast unable to bring the wicked under the just by war, or by cruel beasts, or with one rough word to destroy them at once:

10 sed partibus judicans, dabas locum pœnitentiæ, non ignorans quoniam nequam est natio eorum, et naturalis malitia ipsorum, et quoniam non poterat mutari cogitatio illorum in perpetuum.

But executing thy judgments by degrees thou gavest them place of repentance, not being ignorant that they were a wicked generation, and their malice natural, and that their thought could never be changed.

11 Semen enim erat maledictum ab initio; nec timens aliquem, veniam dabas peccatis illorum.

For it was a cursed seed from the beginning: neither didst thou for fear of any one give pardon to their sins.

12 Quis enim dicet tibi: Quid fecisti? aut quis stabit contra judicium tuum? aut quis in conspectu tuo veniet vindex iniquorum hominum? aut quis tibi imputabit, si perierint nationes quas tu fecisti?

For who shall say to thee: What hast thou done? or who shall withstand thy judgment? or who shall come before thee to be a revenger of wicked men? or who shall accuse thee, if the nations perish, which thou hast made?

13 Non enim est alius Deus quam tu, cui cura est de omnibus, ut ostendas quoniam non injuste judicas judicium.

For there is no other God but thou, who hast care of all, that thou shouldst shew that thou dost not give judgment unjustly.

14 Neque rex neque tyrannus in conspectu tuo inquirent de his quos perdidisti.

Neither shall king, nor tyrant in thy sight inquire about them whom thou hast destroyed.

15 Cum ergo sis justus, juste omnia disponis; ipsum quoque qui non debet puniri condemnare, exterum æstimas a tua virtute.

For so much then as thou art just, thou orderest all things justly: thinking it not agreeable to thy power, to condemn him who deserveth not to be punished.

16 Virtus enim tua justitiæ initium est, et ob hoc quod Dominus es, omnibus te parcere facis.

For thy power is the beginning of justice: and because thou art Lord of all, thou makest thyself gracious to all.

17 Virtutem enim ostendis tu, qui non crederis esse in virtute consummatus, et horum qui te nesciunt audaciam traducis.

For thou shewest thy power, when men will not believe thee to be absolute in power, and thou convincest the boldness of them that know thee not.

18 Tu autem dominator virtutis, cum tranquilitate judicas, et cum magna reverentia disponis nos: subest enim tibi, cum volueris posse.

But thou being master of power, judgest with tranquillity; and with great favour disposest of us: for thy power is at hand when thou wilt.

19 Docuisti autem populum tuum, per talia opera, quoniam oportet justum esse et humanum; et bonæ spei fecisti filios tuos, quoniam judicans das locum in peccatis pœnitentiæ.

But thou hast taught thy people by such works, that they must be just and humane, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope: because in judging thou givest place for repentance for sins.

20 Si enim inimicos servorum tuorum, et debitos morti, cum tanta cruciasti attentione, dans tempus et locum per quæ possent mutari a malitia:

For if thou didst punish the enemies of thy servants, and that deserved to die, with so great deliberation, giving them time and place whereby they might be changed from their wickedness:

21 cum quanta diligentia judicasti filios tuos, quorum parentibus juramenta et conventiones dedisti bonarum promissionum!

With what circumspection hast thou judged thy own children, to whose parents thou hast sworn and made covenants of good promises?

22 Cum ergo das nobis disciplinam, inimicos nostros multipliciter flagellas, ut bonitatem tuam cogitemus judicantes, et cum de nobis judicatur, speremus misericordiam tuam.

Therefore whereas thou chastisest us, thou scourgest our enemies very many ways, to the end that when we judge we may think on thy goodness: and when we are judged, we may hope for thy mercy.

23 Unde et illis qui in vita sua insensate et injuste vixerunt, per hæc quæ coluerunt dedisti summa tormenta.

Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshipped.

24 Etenim in erroris via diutius erraverunt, deos æstimantes hæc quæ in animalibus sunt supervacua, infantium insensatorum more viventes.

For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.

25 Propter hoc tamquam pueris insensatis judicium in derisum dedisti.

Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them as senseless children to mock them.

26 Qui autem ludibriis et increpationibus non sunt correcti, dignum Dei judicium experti sunt.

But they that were not amended by mockeries and reprehensions, experienced the worthy judgment of God.

27 In quibus enim patientes indignabantur per hæc quos putabant deos, in ipsis cum exterminarentur videntes, illum quem olim negabant se nosse, verum Deum agnoverunt; propter quod et finis condemnationis eorum venit super illos.

For seeing with indignation that they suffered by those very things which they took for gods, when they were destroyed by the same, they acknowledged him the true God, whom in time past they denied that they knew: for which cause the end also of their condemnation came upon them.
Sapientia - caput 12


1 O quam bonus et suavis est, Domine, spiritus tuus in omnibus!

O how good and sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things!

2 Ideoque eos qui exerrant partibus corripis, et de quibus peccant admones et alloqueris, ut relicta malitia credant in te, Domine.

And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little: and admonishest them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend: that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord.

3 Illos enim antiquos inhabitatores terræ sanctæ tuæ, quos exhorruisti,

For those ancient inhabitants of thy holy land, whom thou didst abhor,

4 quoniam odibilia opera tibi faciebant per medicamina et sacrificia injusta,

Because they did works hateful to thee by their sorceries, and wicked sacrifices,

5 et filiorum suorum necatores sine misericordia, et comestores viscerum hominum, et devoratores sanguinis a medio sacramento tuo,

And those merciless murderers of their own children, and eaters of men' s bowels, and devourers of blood from the midst of thy consecration,

6 et auctores parentes animarum inauxiliatarum, perdere voluisti per manus parentum nostrorum;

And those parents sacrificing with their own hands helpless souls, it was thy will to destroy by the hands of our parents,

7 ut dignam perciperent peregrinationem puerorum Dei, quæ tibi omnium carior est terra.

That the land which of all is most dear to thee might receive a worthy colony of the children of God.

8 Sed et his tamquam hominibus pepercisti, et misisti antecessores exercitus tui vespas, ut illos paulatim exterminarent.

Yet even those thou sparedst as men, and didst send wasps, forerunners of thy host, to destroy them by little and little.

9 Non quia impotens eras in bello subjicere impios justis, aut bestiis sævis, aut verbo duro simul exterminare;

Not that thou wast unable to bring the wicked under the just by war, or by cruel beasts, or with one rough word to destroy them at once:

10 sed partibus judicans, dabas locum pœnitentiæ, non ignorans quoniam nequam est natio eorum, et naturalis malitia ipsorum, et quoniam non poterat mutari cogitatio illorum in perpetuum.

But executing thy judgments by degrees thou gavest them place of repentance, not being ignorant that they were a wicked generation, and their malice natural, and that their thought could never be changed.

11 Semen enim erat maledictum ab initio; nec timens aliquem, veniam dabas peccatis illorum.

For it was a cursed seed from the beginning: neither didst thou for fear of any one give pardon to their sins.

12 Quis enim dicet tibi: Quid fecisti? aut quis stabit contra judicium tuum? aut quis in conspectu tuo veniet vindex iniquorum hominum? aut quis tibi imputabit, si perierint nationes quas tu fecisti?

For who shall say to thee: What hast thou done? or who shall withstand thy judgment? or who shall come before thee to be a revenger of wicked men? or who shall accuse thee, if the nations perish, which thou hast made?

13 Non enim est alius Deus quam tu, cui cura est de omnibus, ut ostendas quoniam non injuste judicas judicium.

For there is no other God but thou, who hast care of all, that thou shouldst shew that thou dost not give judgment unjustly.

14 Neque rex neque tyrannus in conspectu tuo inquirent de his quos perdidisti.

Neither shall king, nor tyrant in thy sight inquire about them whom thou hast destroyed.

15 Cum ergo sis justus, juste omnia disponis; ipsum quoque qui non debet puniri condemnare, exterum æstimas a tua virtute.

For so much then as thou art just, thou orderest all things justly: thinking it not agreeable to thy power, to condemn him who deserveth not to be punished.

16 Virtus enim tua justitiæ initium est, et ob hoc quod Dominus es, omnibus te parcere facis.

For thy power is the beginning of justice: and because thou art Lord of all, thou makest thyself gracious to all.

17 Virtutem enim ostendis tu, qui non crederis esse in virtute consummatus, et horum qui te nesciunt audaciam traducis.

For thou shewest thy power, when men will not believe thee to be absolute in power, and thou convincest the boldness of them that know thee not.

18 Tu autem dominator virtutis, cum tranquilitate judicas, et cum magna reverentia disponis nos: subest enim tibi, cum volueris posse.

But thou being master of power, judgest with tranquillity; and with great favour disposest of us: for thy power is at hand when thou wilt.

19 Docuisti autem populum tuum, per talia opera, quoniam oportet justum esse et humanum; et bonæ spei fecisti filios tuos, quoniam judicans das locum in peccatis pœnitentiæ.

But thou hast taught thy people by such works, that they must be just and humane, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope: because in judging thou givest place for repentance for sins.

20 Si enim inimicos servorum tuorum, et debitos morti, cum tanta cruciasti attentione, dans tempus et locum per quæ possent mutari a malitia:

For if thou didst punish the enemies of thy servants, and that deserved to die, with so great deliberation, giving them time and place whereby they might be changed from their wickedness:

21 cum quanta diligentia judicasti filios tuos, quorum parentibus juramenta et conventiones dedisti bonarum promissionum!

With what circumspection hast thou judged thy own children, to whose parents thou hast sworn and made covenants of good promises?

22 Cum ergo das nobis disciplinam, inimicos nostros multipliciter flagellas, ut bonitatem tuam cogitemus judicantes, et cum de nobis judicatur, speremus misericordiam tuam.

Therefore whereas thou chastisest us, thou scourgest our enemies very many ways, to the end that when we judge we may think on thy goodness: and when we are judged, we may hope for thy mercy.

23 Unde et illis qui in vita sua insensate et injuste vixerunt, per hæc quæ coluerunt dedisti summa tormenta.

Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshipped.

24 Etenim in erroris via diutius erraverunt, deos æstimantes hæc quæ in animalibus sunt supervacua, infantium insensatorum more viventes.

For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.

25 Propter hoc tamquam pueris insensatis judicium in derisum dedisti.

Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them as senseless children to mock them.

26 Qui autem ludibriis et increpationibus non sunt correcti, dignum Dei judicium experti sunt.

But they that were not amended by mockeries and reprehensions, experienced the worthy judgment of God.

27 In quibus enim patientes indignabantur per hæc quos putabant deos, in ipsis cum exterminarentur videntes, illum quem olim negabant se nosse, verum Deum agnoverunt; propter quod et finis condemnationis eorum venit super illos.

For seeing with indignation that they suffered by those very things which they took for gods, when they were destroyed by the same, they acknowledged him the true God, whom in time past they denied that they knew: for which cause the end also of their condemnation came upon them.