There was one who pleased God and was loved by him
And while living among sinners he was taken up
He was caught up lest evil change his understanding
Or guile deceive his soul
For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good
And roving desire perverts the innocent mind
Being perfected in a short time
He fulfilled long years
For his soul was pleasing to the Lord
Therefore he took him quickly from the midst of wickedness
Yet the peoples saw and did not understand
Nor take such a thing to heart
That God’s grace and mercy are with his elect
And he watches over his holy ones.
– Wisdom of Solomon 4:10-15


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