le poto

le poto 1

1:1 alofa i le faamasinoga tonu, outou oe faamasino i le laueleele. Mafaufau i le Alii i le agalelei ma saili ia te ia i le faigofie o le loto.
1:2 Aua ua maua o ia ei latou na te le tofotofo ia te ia, ae ia faaali mai o ia lava ia i latou oe faatuatua ia te ia.
1:3 Mo manatu faapiopio ese mai le Atua. Ae o lana mama, pe a tofotofoina, faasaʻoina le valea.
1:4 Mo le atamai o le a le ulufale atu i se agaga leaga, po o nofo ai i se tino faatoilalo i le agasala.
1:5 Aua o le agaga paia o le faatonuga o le a sosola ese mai le pepelo, ma o le a aveese o ia mai manatu e aunoa ma le malamalama, ma o le a le oo ia pe a manumalo le amioleaga.
1:6 Mo le agaga o le poto o le agalelei, ma o le a le faamalolo le failauga leaga mai lana lauga, ona o le Atua o se molimau o lona uiga, ma se tagata suesue faamaoni o lona loto, ma se suetusi o ana upu.
1:7 Aua ua tumu i le agaga o le Alii i le lalolagi, ma o ia o loo i ai mea uma, taofia malamalama o leo uma.
1:8 o le mea lea, he who speaks unjust things cannot escape notice, nor will the chastising judgment pass him by.
1:9 For inquiry will be made into the thoughts of the impious, his conversation also will reach the hearing of God, to the chastising of his iniquities.
1:10 For the zealous ear hears all things, and the disturbance of complaining will not be hidden.
1:11 o le mea lea, keep yourselves from complaining, which benefits nothing, and refrain your tongue from slander, because secret conversation will not pass into nothingness, and the mouth that lies kills the soul.
1:12 Do not court death by the error of your life, nor procure your destruction by the works of your hands,
1:13 because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the loss of the living.
1:14 For he created all things that they might exist, and he made the nations of the world curable, and there is no medicine of extermination in them, nor a kingdom of hell upon the earth.
1:15 For justice is perpetual and immortal.
1:16 But the impious, with hands and words, have called death to them, ma, esteeming it a friend, they have fallen away and have made a covenant with death, because they deserved to take part in it.

le poto 2

2:1 Ona ua latou fai mai, ma talatala ma i latou lava sese: "O lo tatou olaga atoa o le puupuu ma faigata, ma e leai se fesoasoani i totonu o tuaoi o le tagata, ma e leai se tasi o loo faailoa e ua toe foi mai le oti.
2:2 For we are born from nothing, and after this we will be as if we had not been, because the breath in our nostrils is like smoke, and conversation sends out sparks from the stirring of our heart;
2:3 o le mea lea, when it is extinguished, our body will be ashes, and our spirit will be diffused like a soft breeze, and our life will pass away like the wisp of a cloud, just as a mist is dissolved when it is driven away by the rays of the sun and overpowered by its heat.
2:4 And in time our name will surrender to oblivion, and no one will have remembrance of our works.
2:5 For our time is like the passing of a shadow, and nothing can reverse our end, for it is signed and sealed, and cannot be returned.
2:6 o le mea lea, tili, let us enjoy the good things of the present time, and let us quickly use up passing things, just as in youth.
2:7 Let us indulge ourselves with costly wine and ointments, and let no flower of youth pass us by.
2:8 Let us surround ourselves with rosebuds before they wither; let no meadow be left untouched by our indulgence.
2:9 Let no one among us be exempt from our indulgence. Let us leave behind tokens of enjoyment everywhere, for this is our portion, and this is fate.
2:10 Let us oppress the poor just man, and not spare the widow, nor respect the aged grey hairs of elders.
2:11 But let our strength be the law of justice, for what is weak is found to be useless.
2:12 o le mea lea, ia tatou siomia amiotonu, aua o ia o le aoga ia i tatou, ma o ia i lo tatou galuega, ma sa ia faitioga i tatou ma o tatou soligatulafono faaletulafono, ma faailoa mai ai ia i tatou le agasala o lo tatou ala o le olaga.
2:13 Na ia folafola mai ia te ia le malamalama o le Atua ma ia taʻua o ia o le atalii o le Atua.
2:14 na faia ai e ia ia i tatou e faailoa atu o tatou manatu lava.
2:15 O Ia o ogaoga mo i tatou e oo lava i faauta, mo lona olaga e le pei o olaga o isi tagata, ma e lē masuia lava ona ala.
2:16 E pei o loo tatou manatu ia te ia o le taua, ma sa ia abstains mai lo tatou auala e ese ai le otaota; mananao ia faatoa taʻuamiotonuina, ma ia mamalu ua ia te ia le Atua mo lona tamā.
2:17 Ia tatou vaai, lea, pe moni ana upu, ma ia tatou tofotofoina ai mea o le a tupu ia te ia, ma o le a tatou iloa le mea o le a avea lona iuga.
2:18 Aua afai o ia o le atalii moni o le Atua, o le a talia o ia ma aumai o ia mai le lima o ona fili.
2:19 Sei o tatou iloiloina ia te ia ma tauemuga ma faapuapuagatia, ina ia tatou iloa lona faaaloalo ma taumafai lona onosai.
2:20 Ia tatou tausalaina o ia i se oti sili ona matagā, mo, e tusa ma ana lava upu, le a tausia e le Atua mo ia. "
2:21 O mea nei latou manatu, ma sa sese, mo o latou lava loto leaga faatauasoina i latou.
2:22 Ma sa latou le malamalama i mealilo a le Atua; latou po o faamoemoe mo le taui o le faamasinoga tonu, pe faamasinoina le taua o le agaga paia.
2:23 Mo foafoaina le tagata le Atua e avea ma tino ola pea, ma sa ia faia ia te ia i le faatusa o lona lava faatusa.
2:24 Peitai o le matauʻa o le tiapolo, ulufale atu le oti i le lalolagi,
2:25 ae latou faaaʻoaʻo iā te ia, oeo mai lona itu.

le poto 3

3:1 Ae o le agaga o le na i ai i le aao o le Atua ma e leai se puapuaga o le oti o le a paʻi atu i latou.
3:2 I le mata o le valea, latou foliga mai i le oti, ma sa manatu o lo latou o ese se puapuaga,
3:3 ma o latou alu ese mai ia i tatou, a tuliesea. Ae latou i ai i le filemu.
3:4 ma e ui, i luma o tagata, latou mafatia torments, ua tumu lo latou faamoemoe o le tino ola pea.
3:5 Atuatuvale i nai mea, i le tele o mea o le a lelei o totogia, ona ua tofotofoina latou e le Atua ma maua i latou agavaa o ia lava.
3:6 E pei o le auro i totonu o le ogaumu, ia ua faamaonia i latou, ma o se tagata ua afaina holocaust, na ia maua i latou, ma i le taimi o lo latou asiasiga
3:7 o le a latou susulu, ma o le a latou tuʻia e pei o aloiafi i tagutugutu o saito.
3:8 O le a latou faamasinoina le atunuu ma o le a latou pule i le tagata, ma o le a nofotupu o latou Alii e faavavau.
3:9 I latou oe faatuatua ia te ia, le a malamalama i le upumoni, ma i latou oe faamaoni i le alofa o le a malolo ai ia te ia, ona o le alofa tunoa ma le filemu mo lanaʻau filifilia.
3:10 But the impious will be chastised according to their thoughts, for they have neglected the just and have retreated from the Lord.
3:11 For whoever abandons wisdom and instruction is unhappy, and their hope is empty, and their labors without fruit, and their works useless.
3:12 Their wives are foolish and their sons are wicked; the things that serve them are accursed.
3:13 o le mea lea, fertile is the barren and undefiled, who has not known transgressions in bed; she will bear fruit by caring for holy souls.
3:14 And fertile is the celibate, who has not wrought iniquity with his hands, nor thought wickedness against God; for to him will be given a special gift of faith and a very welcome place in the temple of the Lord.
3:15 For the fruit of good labors is glorious and the root of wisdom shall never perish.
3:16 But the sons of adulterers will not reach completion, and the offspring of a sinful bed will be banished.
3:17 And if they live long, they will be counted as nothing, and their last years of old-age will be without honor.
3:18 And if they die quickly, they will have no hope, nor words of comfort on the day of reckoning.
3:19 For the iniquities of the people have a dreadful result.

le poto 4

4:1 O how beautiful is the chaste fruit of purity! For its remembrance is immortal, because it is observed both with God and with men.
4:2 When it is present, they imitate it, and they desire it when it has withdrawn itself, and it triumphs crowned forever, winning the reward of undefiled conflicts.
4:3 But the great number of the many different kinds of the impious will not be to their advantage, and spurious seedlings will not be given deep roots, nor will they establish any firm foundation.
4:4 And if they spring forth with branches for a time, yet, being set infirmly, they will be shaken by the wind, ma, by the superabundance of the winds, they will be eradicated.
4:5 For the incomplete branches will be broken, and their fruits will be useless, and bitter to eat, and fit for nothing.
4:6 For all the sons born from iniquity are witnesses of wickedness against their parents at their interrogation.
4:7 But the just, if death seizes him beforehand, will be refreshed.
4:8 For old age is made venerable, neither by lasting long, nor by counting the number of years; yet understanding is the gray hair of wisdom for men,
4:9 and an immaculate life is a generation of sages.
4:10 Pleasing to God, having been made beloved, and living among sinners, he was transformed.
4:11 He was quickly taken away, for malice could not alter his understanding, nor could deceit beguile his soul.
4:12 For fascination with entertainment obscures good things, and the unfaithfulness of desire subverts the mind without malice.
4:13 Completed in a short time, he fulfilled many times.
4:14 Truly his soul was pleasing to God. Ona o lenei, he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities, but the people see this and do not understand, nor do they place such things in their hearts:
4:15 that the grace and mercy of God is with his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.
4:16 But the just dead will condemn the impious living, and youth hastily completed results in a long unjust life.
4:17 For they will see the end of the wise, and will neither understand, nor imagine, that he is of God, and that therefore the Lord has safeguarded him.
4:18 For they will see and despise him, but the Lord will ridicule them.
4:19 Ma ina ua mavae lenei, they will fall without honor and with contempt among the dead forever. Seeing that they are puffed up and speechless, he will shatter them and will shake them from the foundations all the way to the top, to their utter desolation, and they will grieve and their remembrance will perish.
4:20 They will hurry with fear at the understanding of their sins, and their iniquities will bear witness against them.

le poto 5

5:1 Then the just will stand with great steadfastness against those who have oppressed them and have taken away their labors.
5:2 le vaaia o lenei, they will be troubled with terrible fear, and they will be amazed at the suddenness of unexpected salvation.
5:3 Driven toward regret, and through the anguish of their groaning spirit, they will say within themselves: “These are the ones whom we held for some time in derision and in mocking reproach.
5:4 We foolish considered their life to be madness, and their end to be without honor.
5:5 How is it that they are counted among the sons of God, and their place is among the holy?
5:6 o le mea lea, we have strayed from the way of truth, and the light of justice has not shined on us, and the sun of understanding has not risen on us.
5:7 We exhausted ourselves in the way of iniquity and perdition, and have walked a difficult way, while ignoring the way of the Lord.
5:8 How has arrogance benefited us? Or what has exalting in riches brought us?
5:9 All those things have passed away like a shadow, and like a messenger traveling quickly by;
5:10 and like a ship passing over the waves of water, when it has gone by, its trace cannot be found, nor can the pathway of its keel in the waves;
5:11 poʻo, like a bird flying through the air, there is no evidence of her journey to be found, but there is hardly a sound as the beating of her wings lifts up the air and, by the force of her journey, divides the air she has flown across, which was disturbed by her wings, and afterwards there is no sign of her journey to be found;
5:12 poʻo, like an arrow shot at a selected mark, the air continues to be divided and to be brought together again, so that its passing is unknown.
5:13 And in like manner we, having been born, continuously cease to exist, and indeed, we depart with no sign of virtue to show, but we are consumed in our malice.”
5:14 Such things those who sinned said in hell.
5:15 For the hope of the impious is like feathers, which are blown away by the wind, and like a thin foam, which is dispersed by a storm, and like smoke, which is scattered by the wind, and like the memory of a guest who passes by one day.
5:16 But the just will live forever, and their reward is with the Lord, and the thought of them is with the Most High.
5:17 o le mea lea, they will receive a beautiful kingdom and a crown of splendor from the hand of the Lord, for with his right hand he will cover them, and with his holy arm he will defend them.
5:18 And his zeal will take up arms, and he will equip his servants for retribution on their enemies.
5:19 He will put on justice as a breastplate, and he will grasp sure judgment as a helmet.
5:20 He will select fairness as an invincible shield.
5:21 Yet he will sharpen his severe wrath into a spear, and he will fight with those of the world against the irrational.
5:22 Shafts of lightning will hurl forth accurately, ma, as if from a well-curved bow of clouds, they will be expelled and will fly to the determined mark.
5:23 And hail will be cast like stones full of anger, and the water of the sea will rise up against them, and the rivers will charge forth harshly.
5:24 The spirit of virtue will stand firm against them and like a whirlwind will divide them, and he will lead all the world of iniquity into a wasteland, and malice will overthrow the seats of power.

le poto 6

6:1 e sili atu le atamai nai lo le mana, ma e sili atu a tagata atamamai nai lo o se tasi mamana.
6:2 o le mea lea, faʻalogo, Le tupu, ma malamalama; aoao, e faamasino o le tuluiga o le lalolagi.
6:3 faalogo ma le totoa, outou o loo umia le gauai atu o le motu o tagata, ma na faafiafia outou lava i faalavelave i le atunuu.
6:4 Mo le mana ua tuuina atu ia te oe mai le Alii ma le malosi mai le Silisili Ese, o le a iloiloina lau galuega ma iloiloina ou manatu.
6:5 mo, ao e faifeau o lona malo, e te le faamasino saʻo, po o tausia le tulafono o le faamasinoga tonu, po o savali e tusa ma le finagalo o le Atua.
6:6 Horribly ma vave ia o le a foliga mai e, ona o le a ia faia se faaiuga ogaoga mo i latou o loo i totogi.
6:7 mo, i le laitiiti, ua tuuina atu le alofa mutimutivale tele, ae o le malosi o le a tumau le mafatia mamana.
6:8 Ona o le a le tuuesea ai le Alii le amio a se tasi, po o le a ia tu i le maofa i le maoae o se tasi, aua o ia lava na faia e le itiiti ma le tele, ma o ia o tutusa lava le popole mo tagata uma.
6:9 Ae o se e faapuapuagatia mamana tuliloaina le mamana.
6:10 o le mea lea, Le tupu, nei, aʻu upu, e mo outou, ina ia outou aoao i le poto ma le fano.
6:11 Mo i latou oe ua faasaoina tonu le a faamaoniaina le faamasinoga tonu, ma i latou oe na aoaoina le a maua ai nei mea le mea e tali.
6:12 o le mea lea, mananao i aʻu upu, alofa ia i latou, ma o le ae maua faatonuga.
6:13 mama o le Poto ma e le mou ese, ma e faigofie ona vaaia i latou oe alofa ia te ia ma iloa ai ei latou oe saili ia.
6:14 Sa ia anticipates latou oe ua mananao ia, ina ia muamua faaali mai o ia lava ia i latou.
6:15 Po o ai lava e fagua ai le amataga e saili ia, o le a lē galulue, ona o ia o le a maua lona nofo i lona faitotoa.
6:16 o le mea lea, ala i le mafaufau e uiga i lona, ua faaatoatoaina malamalama, ma po o ai lava e tumau pea ona mataala mo ia, a malupuipuia ona vave.
6:17 For she goes about seeking such as are worthy of her, and she reveals herself to them cheerfully in the ways, and meets them with all foresight.
6:18 For the very true beginning of her is the desire for instruction.
6:19 o le mea lea, the zeal for instruction is love, and love is the keeping of her laws, and the keeping of her laws is the perfection of incorruptibility,
6:20 while incorruptibility makes us near to God.
6:21 ma o lea, the desire for wisdom leads to an everlasting kingdom.
6:22 ana, o le mea lea, your delight is in thrones and scepters, O kings of the people, love wisdom, so that you may reign forever;
6:23 love the light of wisdom, all you who lead the peoples.
6:24 But what wisdom is, and how she was made, I will report, and I will not hide the mysteries of God from you, but I will investigate her from the beginning of her birth, and I will place the knowledge of her in the light, and will not pass over the truth.
6:25 Neither will I hold to the path that dwindles away with envy, because such a man will not partake in wisdom.
6:26 For the proliferation of the wise is sanity for the world, and a wise king is the mainstay of the people.
6:27 o le mea lea, receive instruction by my words, and it will benefit you.

le poto 7

7:1 lava, I myself am also a mortal man, like everyone, and the offspring of this earth, which was made beforehand; and in my mother’s womb I was fashioned with care,
7:2 within the time of ten months, made of blood, from the seed of man and the delight of sleeping together.
7:3 And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and in similar fashion, I fell upon the earth, and the first voice I uttered, like everyone, was crying.
7:4 I was nursed in swaddling clothes and with great care.
7:5 For none of the kings had any other beginning of birth.
7:6 o le mea lea, there is only one entrance for everyone into life, and the same in leaving.
7:7 Ona o lenei, ou filifilia, ma sa tuuina mai le malamalama ia te au; ma sa ou tatalo, ma na oo mai le agaga o le poto ia te aʻu;
7:8 ma sa Ou tuu ia te ia i luma o malo ma nofoalii, ma ou te manatu oa mea e faatusatusa atu i lona.
7:9 Pe sa ou faatusatusa ia te ia se maa taua, mo auro uma a faatusatusa atu i lona pei o se oneone itiiti, ma ario, i le manatu o lona, le a le aoga e pei o le palapala.
7:10 Ou te alofa ia te ia i luga o le soifua maloloina ma le matagofie, ma sa Ou tuu i ai o ia i luma o le malamalama, aua o le faatuatuaina lona malamalama.
7:11 Ae na oo mai mea lelei uma ia te aʻu faatasi ai ma lona, ma mamalu lē mafaitaulia i lona lima;
7:12 and I rejoiced in all these, because this wisdom went before me, although I did not know that she is the mother of them all.
7:13 This I have learned without falsehood and communicate without envy, and her integrity I do not hide.
7:14 O le mea moni, she is an infinite treasure chest for men, and those who make use of it, become partakers in the friendship of God, because they are recommended by the gifts of instruction.
7:15 Yet God has given to me to speak my mind, and to conceive thoughts worthy of those things that are given to me, because he is the leader of wisdom and the repairer of understanding.
7:16 For in his hand are both we, and our words, and all wisdom, and the works of science, and instruction.
7:17 For he has given me true knowledge of these things which exist: so as to know the orderly arrangement of the world, and the powers of the elements,
7:18 the beginning and the end and the midpoint of the seasons, the characteristics of changing things, and the divisions of time,
7:19 the courses of the years, and the orderly arrangement of the stars,
7:20 the natures of animals, and the rage of wild beasts, the force of winds, and the reasonings of men, the diversities of plants, and the benefits of roots,
7:21 and all such things as are hidden and unexpected, I have learned; for wisdom, the artisan of all things, taught me.
7:22 Mo i lona o le agaga lea o le malamalama: paʻia, silisili, manifold, maaleale, ma mātau, malaulau, mama, faʻatuatuaina, mamalu, alofa, lelei, atamamai, na faasaina e leai se mea aoga,
7:23 agalelei, agalelei, mausali, faatuatuaina, faamautuina, ua uma le mama, vaavaai mo mea uma ma Uuina mea uma ma le a malamalama mama ma sili ona maaleale o le agaga.
7:24 Mo le atamai e sili atu ona malolosi nai lo mea malolosi uma, ae ia oo i soo se mea ona o lona le mama.
7:25 Aua o ia o se manava o le mama o le Atua ma a emanation moni mai le mama aʻiaʻi o le Atua le malosi uma, ma o lea e leai se mea le mama e mafai osofaʻia lona.
7:26 O le mea moni, o ia o le pupula o le malamalama e faavavau, ma le faata pisia o le mamalu o le Atua, ma le faatusa o lona agalelei.
7:27 Ma e ui o ia o se tasi, e mafai ona ia faia mea uma; ma, feliuliuai i ia lava, ia faafouina mea uma, ma i le atunuu sa ia faaalia o ia lava i le agaga paia, faatuina i latou ma ni uo ma perofeta a le Atua.
7:28 Mo le alofa le Atua e leai se tasi ae oi latou oe mau faatasi ma le poto.
7:29 Aua e sili atu ona mataʻina o ia nai lo le la, ma i luga o le autau o fetu uma; faatusatusa atu i le malamalama, o loo maua o ia i ona luma.
7:30 O le mea moni, ia te ia e oo mai le po, ae o le a le manumalo poto i le lotoleaga.

le poto 8

8:1 lea, ia taunuu malosi mai le tasi tuluiga o le ala uma i le isi, ma sa poloaiina e malie mea uma.
8:2 I have loved her and searched for her from my youth, and have asked to take her to me as my spouse, and I became a lover of her form.
8:3 She glorifies her lineage by having companionship with God; yes and of all things, the Lord loves her.
8:4 For she teaches the teaching of God and is the chooser of his works.
8:5 And if riches are longed for in life, what is richer than wisdom, which is being served in all things?
8:6 But if the mind is to be served, o, of all that exists, is a greater artisan than she?
8:7 And if anyone loves justice, her labors hold great virtues; for she teaches temperance and prudence, justice and virtue, and nothing is more useful in human life.
8:8 And if one desires a multitude of knowledge, she knows the past and forecasts the future; she knows the subtleties of conversation and the response to arguments; she understands the signs and portents, before the events take place, events both of the present time and of future ages.
8:9 o le mea lea, I resolved to take her to me to live together, knowing that she will be a good counselor and will console my thoughts and my weariness.
8:10 Ona o lona, I have clarity in the midst of confusion, and honor among the elders in my youth;
8:11 and I will be found to be astute in judgment, and will be admired in the sight of the mighty, and the faces of leaders will wonder at me.
8:12 When I am silent, they will wait for me; when I speak, they will respect me; and when I talk for too long, they will put their hands on their mouths.
8:13 lea, by means of her, I will have immortality, and I will bequeath an everlasting memorial to those who come after me.
8:14 I will set the peoples in order, and nations will be subject to me.
8:15 Hearing me, terrible kings will be afraid; to the multitude, I will be seen as good and valiant in war.
8:16 When I go into my house, I will repose myself with her, for her conversation has no bitterness, nor her company any tediousness, but only joy and gladness.
8:17 Thinking these things within myself, and recalling in my heart that immortality is the intention of wisdom,
8:18 and that in her friendship is good enjoyment, and in the works of her hands are honors without flaw, and in debate with her is understanding, and glory in sharing conversation with her; I went about seeking, so that I might take her to myself.
8:19 For I was an ingenious boy and had been dealt a good soul.
8:20 Even more so, being good, I came to have an undefiled body.
8:21 And since I know that it is not possible to be chaste except as a gift from God, and that it is a point of wisdom to know whose gift it is, I approached the Lord, and I besought him, and I said with my whole heart:

le poto 9

9:1 “God of my fathers and Lord of mercy, who has made all things with your word,
9:2 and by your wisdom has established man to have dominion over the creatures which have been made by you,
9:3 so that he would order the world in equity and justice, and execute judgment with an upright heart,
9:4 give me wisdom, the handmaiden at your throne, and be unwilling to reject me from among your children,
9:5 aua o au o lau auauna, and the son of your handmaid, a weak man, and short-lived, with limited understanding of judgment and laws.
9:6 And if someone were perfect among the sons of men, yet if your wisdom was taken away from him, he would be counted as nothing.
9:7 You have chosen me to be a king of your people, and a judge of your sons and daughters.
9:8 And you called me to construct a temple on your holy mount, ma, in the city of your dwelling, an altar in the likeness of your holy tabernacle, which you have prepared from the beginning.
9:9 And with you is wisdom, who is familiar with your works, and who was nearby when you made the world, and who knows what is pleasing to your eyes, and who is guided by your teachings.
9:10 Send her out of your holy heavens and from the throne of your majesty, so that she is with me and labors with me, and I will know what is acceptable with you.
9:11 For she knows and understands all things, and will lead me soberly in my works, and will guard me by her power.
9:12 And my works will be acceptable, and I will govern your people justly, and I will be worthy of the throne of my father.
9:13 For who among men can know the counsel of God? Or who can imagine the will of God?
9:14 For the thoughts of mortals are timid, and our foresight is uncertain.
9:15 For the corruptible body weighs down the soul, and this earthy dwelling presses many thoughts upon the mind.
9:16 And we assess with difficulty the things that are of earth, and we discover with labor the things that are within our view. So who will search out the things that are in heaven?
9:17 lē gata i lea, who will know your mind, unless you give wisdom and send your holy spirit from on high?
9:18 Ma i lenei ala, those who are on earth are corrected in their path, and men learn the things that are pleasing to you.
9:19 For by wisdom they are saved, who have pleased you, Le Alii e, from the beginning.”

le poto 10

10:1 This is he, who was formed first by God, the father of the world, who was alone when created; she preserved him,
10:2 and led him out of his offense, and gave him the power to maintain all things.
10:3 Ina ua mavae lenei, when the unjust man withdrew from her in his anger, he perished through anger by the murder of his brother.
10:4 Ona o lenei, when water destroyed the earth, wisdom healed it again, guiding the just by means of contemptible wood.
10:5 lē gata i lea, when the nations had conspired together to consent to wickedness, she knew the just, and preserved him without blame before God, and preserved his strength out of mercy for his sons.
10:6 She freed this just man from the destruction of the impious, fleeing descending fire in the Five Cities,
10:7 lea, as a testimony to their wickedness, is a constantly smoking desolate land, and the trees bear fruit at uncertain times, and a figure of salt stands as a monument to an unbelieving soul.
10:8 mo, in disregarding wisdom, they are fallen, not so much in this, that they were ignorant of good, but that they bequeathed to men a memorial of their foolishness, o lena la, in the things in which they sinned, they were unable to escape notice.
10:9 Yet wisdom has freed from sorrow those who are self-observant.
10:10 She led the just man, this fugitive of his brother’s wrath, by the right ways, and revealed to him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of holiness, honored him in his labors, and completed his labors.
10:11 In the midst of encircling deceit, she flowed around him and made him honest.
10:12 She guarded him from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and she gave him a strong conflict so that he might overcome and might know that the power of all things is wisdom.
10:13 She did not abandon the just man when he was sold, but freed him from sinners; she went down with him into the pit,
10:14 and she did not abandon him in chains, while she brought him the scepter of the kingdom and power against those who oppressed him, and revealed them to be liars who had dishonored him, and gave him everlasting glory.
10:15 She freed this just people and the blameless offspring, from the nations that had oppressed them.
10:16 She entered the soul of the servant of God and stood against dreadful kings in the midst of portents and signs,
10:17 and she rendered to the just the wages of their labors, and led them along a wondrous way; and she was to them, like a cover by day, and like the light of the stars by night.
10:18 She carried them through the Red Sea, and led them across a great water.
10:19 But their enemies, she submerged in the sea, and from the furthest depths, she drew them up. o le mea lea, the just carried off the spoils of the impious.
10:20 And they chanted to your holy name, aliʻi, and they together praised your victorious hand,
10:21 because wisdom opened the mouth of the mute, and made the speech of infants eloquent.

le poto 11

11:1 She directed their works in the hands of the holy prophet.
11:2 They made a path through desolate areas, which were uninhabited, and set up their homes in remote places.
11:3 They stood firm against the enemy, and vindicated themselves from their adversaries.
11:4 They thirsted, and they called upon you, and water was given them out of the deepest rock, and respite from thirst out of the hard stone.
11:5 For through water, their enemies had been punished, by the corruption of their drinking water; ma o lea, among them, when the sons of Israel lacked the abundance they would have had, their enemies rejoiced;
11:6 yet though water, when they were in need, it turned out well for them.
11:7 For instead of a fountain, even everlasting in flow, you gave human blood to the unjust,
11:8 and while they would be crushed into disgrace because of the murdering of infants, you unexpectedly gave your own abundant water,
11:9 revealing through the thirst, which occurred at that time, how you would exalt your own and would kill their adversaries.
11:10 For when they were being tested, and even when receiving merciful correction, they knew in what way, when your wrath judged the impious, they would suffer torments.
11:11 mo nei, advising like a father, you approved; but the others, interrogating like a severe king, you condemned.
11:12 For whether absent or present, they were tortured alike.
11:13 For they had received double: weariness and groaning in the remembrance of things past.
11:14 For when they paid attention to their punishments, to attend to their own benefit, they called to mind the Lord, admiring the end result.
11:15 For though they showed scorn by throwing out distorted statements, in the end they were amazed at the result, but this is not the same as thirsting for justice.
11:16 For according to the thinking of their irrational iniquity, because some, going astray, were worshiping mute serpents and worthless beasts, you sent upon them a multitude of mute beasts for vengeance,
11:17 so that they might know that by whatever things a man sins, by the same also is he tormented.
11:18 For it was not impossible for your all-powerful hand, which created the world from unknown material, to send forth upon them a multitude of bears, or fierce lions,
11:19 poʻo, in anger, beasts of a new kind, massive and strange, either breathing out a fiery vapor, or sending forth an odorous smoke, or shooting horrible sparks from their eyes;
11:20 whereby, not only wounds would be able to destroy them, but also the very sight would kill them through fear.
11:21 ae, even without these, they could have been killed with one breath, suffering persecution of their own making and being scattered by your spirit of virtue; but you have ordered all things in size and number and weight.
11:22 E ui o le tele o le malosi, na o oe lava manumalo pea. Ma o le a tetee atu le malosi o lou lima?
11:23 mo, e pei o se fatu itiiti i se tulaga, na o lea o le lalolagi ae e te lei, ma e pei o se sau mataua i luma o le tafa o ata, ua afio ifo i luga o le lalolagi.
11:24 Ae e alofa mutimutivale ia te oe e uma, ona e mafai ona e faia mea uma, ma e faalēaogāina le agasala o le tagata ona o le salamo.
11:25 Aua e te alofa i mea uma e, ma e 'inoʻino i se mea o le mea na e faia; mo oe semanu e faia po o ua faavaeina i se mea e te 'inoʻino.
11:26 Aua pe faapefea ona mafai ona so o se mea tumau, vagana ai e ala i lou finagalo? po o le a, ua uma ona valaauina e te le i ai, o le a faasaoina?
11:27 Ae e le faasaoina mea uma, ona ua ia outou ia latou, Le Alii e, o le e alofa agaga.

le poto 12

12:1 E, le auala lelei ma le alofa fua, aliʻi, o lou agaga i mea uma!
12:2 o le mea lea, i latou e feoai solo afield, e faasaʻo, ma, e pei ona ia i latou oe agasala, outou fautuaga i latou ma apoapoai atu ia i latou, o lena la, ua i ai le loto leaga lafoaia, e mafai ona latou talitonu ia te oe, Le Alii e.
12:3 For those ancient inhabitants of your holy land, who you abhorred,
12:4 because they were doing works hateful to you, through unjust medicines and sacrifices,
12:5 and the merciless murderers of their own sons, and the eaters of human entrails, and the devourers of blood apart from your community sacrament,
12:6 and the sellers performing the ceremonies of helpless souls, you willed to destroy by the hands of our parents,
12:7 so that they might worthily secure the sojourn of the children of God, in the land which is most beloved by you.
12:8 ae, so that you were lenient even to these men, you sent wasps, forerunners of your army, so that you might destroy them little by little,
12:9 not because you were unable to subdue the impious under the just by war or by cruel beasts, or with a harsh word to exterminate them at once,
12:10 ae, in judging by degrees, you were giving them a place of repentance, not unaware that their nation is wicked, and their malice is inherent, and that their thinking could never be changed.
12:11 For this offspring was accursed from the beginning. Neither did you, fearing anyone, give favor to their sins.
12:12 For who will say to you, "O le mea ua e faia?” Or who will stand against your judgment? Or who will come before you as a defender of unfair men? Or who will accuse you, if the nations perish, ua e faia?
12:13 Mo pe i ai se isi Atua ae e, o loo i ai le tausiga o uma, o ia lea e te faaali atu o oe tonu leʻi tuuina atu le faamasinoga.
12:14 Neither will king or tyrant inquire before you about those whom you destroyed.
12:15 o le mea lea, since you are just, you order all things justly, considering it foreign to your virtue to condemn him who does not deserve to be punished.
12:16 Mo lou mana o le amataga o le faamasinoga tonu, ma, aua o oe o le Alii o uma, e te faia ia te oe lava e avea ma faʻatuʻutuʻu i tagata uma.
12:17 Mo outou faaali mai le mana ia i latou e le talitonu ia te oe ina ia atoatoa i le mana, ma o le ae faailoa le faasausili o i latou e le iloa e.
12:18 ae, o oe o le matai o le mana, talu ona e faamasino ma le toafimalie, ma talu ai e faatautaia i tatou ma le migao tele; aua e latalata ia te oe e tatau ona faaaogaina i soo se taimi o le ae.
12:19 Ae e aoaoina lou tagata, e ala i ia galuega, e tatau ona latou amiotonu ma alolofa, ma e faia o outou atalii e avea o le faamoemoe lelei, ona i le faamasinoina e te saunia ai se nofoaga mo le salamo mai agasala.
12:20 For even if the enemies of your servants were deserving of death, you afflicted them with great attentiveness, providing a time and a place whereby they would be able to be changed from malice;
12:21 with what diligence, lea, have you judged your sons, whose parents you have given oaths and covenants in good faith!
12:22 o le mea lea, while you give us discipline, you give our enemies a multiplicity of scourges, so that in judging we may think on your goodness, and when we are judged, we may hope for mercy.
12:23 o le mea lea, also to these, who have lived their lived their life irrationally and unjustly, through these things that they worshiped, you gave the greatest torments.
12:24 ma, moni lava, they wandered for a long time in the way of error, valuing those things as gods, which are worthless even among animals, living in foolish irrational behavior.
12:25 Ona o lenei, you have given a judgment in derision, as if from foolish children.
12:26 But those who have not been corrected by mockery and chiding, have experienced a judgment worthy of God.
12:27 For among those who were indignant at their sufferings, which came through those things that they reputed to be gods, when they saw that they would be destroyed by these same things, those who formerly refused knowledge of him, now acknowledged the true God, ma, ona o lenei, the end of their condemnation came upon them.

le poto 13

13:1 Ae o le aoga i tagata uma, e le i lalo o le malamalama o le Atua, ma o, mai nei mea lelei o loo vaaia, sa le mafai ona malamalama ia o lē e, po o, e ala i le gauai atu i le galuega, na latou faailoa atu o ia o lē o le tufuga tomai.
13:2 Nai lo, na latou manatu pe o le afi, po o le ea, po o le siosiomaga, po o le liʻo o le fetu, po o le sami tele, po o le la ma le masina, e avea ma atua e pulea le lalolagi.
13:3 Afai latou, ua fiafia e sea vaaiga, manatu i latou e avea ma atua, ia latou iloa le silisiliese o le Alii o i latou o loo i le matagofie. Aua o ia o lē na foafoaina mea uma o le tusitala o le matagofie.
13:4 poʻo, pe afai latou te mafaufau i lo latou malosi ma o latou aafiaga, ia tuu atu ia i latou ia malamalama i nei mea, o ia na faia i latou o le malosi nai lo i latou.
13:5 mo, e ala i le tele o le foafoaga ma lona matagofie, a mafai e le foafoa o nei ina ia iloa discernibly.
13:6 ae, i lenei tulaga, e maualalo le tagi e uiga i lenei. Mo atonu latou faia se mea sese i lenei, ao le manao ma saili ia maua le Atua.
13:7 ma, moni lava, ua i ai nisi masani ia te ia e ala i lana galuega, latou saili, ma ua faatauanauina latou, ona o le mea o loo latou vaai e lelei.
13:8 ae, ona toe, pe mafai ona le amanaiaina la latou aitalafu.
13:9 mo, pe afai sa mafai ona latou iloa lava ina ia mafai ona latou faatauaina le vateatea, faapefea ona sa latou le faigofie ona iloa o le Alii o le ai?
13:10 Yet they are unhappy, and their hope is among the dead, for they have called ‘gods’ the works of the hands of men, gold and silver, the inventions of skill, and the likeness of animals, or a useless stone, the work of an ancient hand.
13:11 poʻo, it is as if a craftsman, a workman of the forest, had cut straight wood, ma, with his expertise, shaved off all of its bark, ma, with his skill, diligently fashioned a vessel, practical for use in life,
13:12 and even the remains of his work were exhausted in the preparation of food;
13:13 ma, from the remainder of this, which has become useful for nothing, a curved piece of wood and full of knots, he diligently carves it in his spare time, ma, through the knowledge of his art, forms it and makes it in the image of a man,
13:14 or something comparable to an animal, thoroughly rubbing it with red ochre, to make it red with the color of the pigment, and to cover every imperfection which is in it;
13:15 and it is as if he made a fitting resting place for it, even setting it in a wall and fastening it with iron,
13:16 aiaia ai mo le, lest it should fall, knowing that it is unable to help itself, for it is an image and it is in need of help.
13:17 Ae te'i ane, making an offering, he inquires about his wealth, and about his sons, and about marriage. And he is not ashamed to talk to that which has no soul.
13:18 And for health, moni lava, something unhealthy is being prayed to, and for life, he petitions what is dead, and for help, he calls upon something helpless,
13:19 and for a good journey, he entreats that which is unable to walk, and for acquiring, and for working, and for success in all things, he entreats that which is useless in all things.

le poto 14

14:1 toe, another, thinking to sail, and beginning to make his voyage through the raging waves, calls upon a piece of wood more fragile than the wood that carries him.
14:2 For this is what desire has contrived to be acquired, and the craftsman has formed its understanding.
14:3 But your providence, O Father, governs, because you have provided for both a way in the sea and a very reliable path among the waves,
14:4 revealing that you are able to save out of all things, even if someone were to go to sea without skill.
14:5 ae, so that the works of your wisdom might not be empty, o le mea lea, men trust their souls even to a little piece of wood, ma, crossing over the sea by raft, they are set free.
14:6 ae, mai le amataga, when the proud giants were perishing, the hope of the world, fleeing by boat, gave back to future ages a seed of birth, which was governed by your hand.
14:7 For blessed is the wood through which justice is made.
14:8 ae, through the hand that makes the idol, both it, and he who made it, is accursed: ia, moni lava, because it has been served by him, and it, auā, though it is fragile, it is called ‘god.’
14:9 But the impious and his impiety are similarly offensive to God.
14:10 For that which is made, together with him who made it, will suffer torments.
14:11 Ona o lenei, and according to the idolatries of the nations, there will be no refuge, for the things created by God have been made into hatred, and into a temptation to the souls of men, and into a snare for the feet of the foolish.
14:12 For the beginning of fornication is the search for idols, and from their invention comes corruption of life.
14:13 For they neither existed from the beginning, nor will they exist forever.
14:14 For by the great emptiness of men they came into the world, and therefore their end is soon discovered.
14:15 For a father, embittered with the suffering of grief, made an image of his son, who had been suddenly taken away from him, ae te'i ane, he who had died as a man, now begins to be worshiped as if a god, and so rites and sacrifices are established among his servants.
14:16 Ona, in the course of time, iniquity gains strength within this erroneous custom, so that this error has been observed as if it were a law, and this figment has been worshiped at the command of tyrants.
14:17 And those, whom men could not openly honor because they were far off, a likeness of them was carried from far off, and from it they made a similar image of the king that they wanted to honor, o lena la, by their solicitude, they might worship he who was absent, just as if he were present.
14:18 ae, it passes into their care, and those whom they did not know, they love because of the excellence of the artist.
14:19 Ona o ia o, wishing to please the one who hired him, embellished his art, so as to fashion a better likeness.
14:20 But the multitude of men, brought together by the beauty of the work, now considered him to be a god, whom they had formerly honored as a man.
14:21 And this was the deception of human life: that men, serving either their own inclination or their kings, assigned the unutterable name to stones and wood.
14:22 And it was not enough for them to go astray concerning the knowledge of God, ae faapea foi, while living in a great war of ignorance, they call so many and such great evils ‘peace.’
14:23 For either they sacrifice their own sons, or they make dark sacrifices, or they hold vigils full of madness,
14:24 so that now they neither protect life, nor preserve a clean marriage, but one kills another through envy, or grieves him by adultery.
14:25 And all things are mixed together: toto, fasioti tagata, theft and fraud, corruption and infidelity, disturbances and perjury, disorder within good things,
14:26 forgetfulness of God, pollution of souls, alteration of procreation, inconstancy of marriage, unnatural adultery and homosexuality.
14:27 For the worship of unspeakable idols is the cause, and the beginning and the end, of all evil.
14:28 For they either act with madness while happy, or they insistently speak wild lies, or they live unjustly, or they are quick to commit perjury.
14:29 mo, while they trust in idols, which are without a soul, vowing evil, they hope not to be harmed themselves.
14:30 o le mea lea, from both sides it will fittingly happen, because they have thought evil of God, paying attention to idols, and because they have sworn unjustly, in guile despising justice.
14:31 For swearing is not virtue, but sinning always comes around to a punishment according to the transgression of the unjust.

le poto 15

15:1 ae e, lo tatou Atua, are gracious and true, patient, and in mercy ordering all things.
15:2 ma, moni lava, if we sin, tatou te outou, knowing your greatness; ma, if we do not sin, we know that we are counted with you.
15:3 For to have known you is perfect justice, and to know justice and your virtue is the root of immortality.
15:4 For the skillful planning of evil men has not led us into error, nor the shadow of a picture, a fruitless labor, an image having been sculpted through the use of diverse colors,
15:5 the sight of which gives desire to the foolish, and he loves the likeness of a lifeless image without a soul.
15:6 Deserving are the lovers of evil, those who hope in such things, and those who make them, and those who love them, and those who promote them.
15:7 But even the potter, pressing laboriously, molds the soft earth into vessels, each one for our use. And from the same clay he molds vessels, those which are for clean use, ma e faapena foi, those which are for the opposite. ae, as to what is the use of a vessel, the potter is the judge.
15:8 And with effort he molds an empty god of the same clay, he who a little before had been made from the earth, ma, after brief time, he himself returns from whence he came, to be claimed by he who holds the debt of his soul.
15:9 Yet his concern is, not what his work will be, nor that his life is short, but that he is being contested by those who work with gold and silver, yet he also does the same to those who work with copper, and he glories that he makes worthless things.
15:10 For his heart is ashes, and his hope is worthless dirt, and his life is more common than clay,
15:11 because he ignores the One who molded him, and who instilled in him a working soul, and who breathed into him a living spirit.
15:12 Yet they even considered our life to be a plaything, and the usefulness of life to be the accumulation of wealth, and that we must be acquiring things in every possible way, even from evil.
15:13 mo, above all else, he knows himself to be lacking, o, from fragile material of the earth forms vessels and graven images.
15:14 For all the foolish and unhappy, in charge of the way of the arrogant soul, are enemies of your people and rule over them,
15:15 because they have esteemed all the idols of the nations as gods, which neither have the use of eyes to see, nor noses to draw breath, nor ears to hear, nor the fingers of hands to grasp, and even their feet are slow to walk.
15:16 For man made them, and he who borrowed his own breath, formed them. For no man will be able to form God in the likeness of himself.
15:17 mo, being mortal, he forms a dead thing with his unjust hands. ae, he is better than those things that he worships, because he indeed has lived, though he is mortal, but they never have.
15:18 lē gata i lea, they worship the most miserable animals, mo, to make a foolish comparison, these others are worse.
15:19 But not even from their appearance can anyone discern anything good in these animals. Yet they have fled from the praise of God, and from his blessing.

le poto 16

16:1 Ona o lenei, and by means of things similar to these, they were allowed to endure fitting torments, and they were exterminated by a multitude of beasts.
16:2 Instead of these torments, you administered your people kindly, giving them a desire for a new taste from your delights, and preparing quails for their food,
16:3 o lena la, even those desiring food, because of those things which were sent and revealed to them, were now turned away from a necessary desire. Yet these, after a brief time, having become weak, tasted a new food.
16:4 For it was necessary, though they are without excuse, for them to unexpectedly come upon the ruin of exercising tyranny, yet this was as if to show them how their enemies were being exterminated.
16:5 ma o lea, when fierce beasts overcame them in anger, they were exterminated by the bites of perverse snakes.
16:6 But your anger did not continue forever, though they were troubled for a short time for their correction, they have a sign of salvation as a remembrance of the commandment of your law.
16:7 For he who turned to it was not healed by what he saw, but by you, the Savior of all.
16:8 Yet in this you revealed to our enemies that you are he who delivers from all evil.
16:9 For they were killed by the biting of locusts and flies, and there was found no remedy for their life, because they deserved to be destroyed by such things.
16:10 But not even the teeth of venomous serpents conquered your sons, for your mercy came to them and healed them.
16:11 mo, in remembrance of your words, they were examined and were quickly saved, for forgetfulness is not engraved into your altar so that they would be unable to obtain your help.
16:12 ma, moni lava, neither an herb, nor a poultice, healed them, but your word, Le Alii e, which heals all.
16:13 For it is you, Le Alii e, who holds the power of life and death; you both lead to the threshold of death and you restore.
16:14 Yet man, moni lava, kills his own soul through malice, and when his spirit goes forth, it will not be returned, nor will he call back his soul when it has been received.
16:15 But it is impossible to escape your hand.
16:16 For the impious, having refused to know you, have been scourged by the strength of your arm, enduring persecution by unusual waters, and by hailstorms, and by rain storms, and being consumed by fire.
16:17 For there was something extraordinary in water, which extinguishes all things; it has prevailed more than fire; for the world is the defender of the just.
16:18 O le mea moni, at a certain time, the fire was subdued, so as not to burn away the animals, which were sent against the impious; ma ina ia, in seeing this, they might know that they are suffering persecution by the judgment of God.
16:19 ma, i se isi taimi, fire burned, beyond its own power, in the midst of water, and it flared up from all around, so as to destroy the nations of an unjust land.
16:20 Instead of these things, you nourished your people with the food of angels, ma, having prepared bread from heaven, you served them without labor that which holds within itself every delight and the sweetness of every flavor.
16:21 For your nature showed your sweetness, which you hold within your sons, and serving the will of each one, it was converted to what each one preferred.
16:22 But snow and ice held back the strength of fire, and did not melt, so that they might know that fire, burning in the hail and flashing in the rain, destroyed the fruits of the enemies.
16:23 Yet it was also the case, so that the just might be nourished, that fire had even been deprived of its own power.
16:24 For the creature serving you, the Creator, grows red hot in the midst of the conflict against the unjust, and yet it subsides for the benefit of those who trust in you.
16:25 Ona o lenei, and at that time, having been transfigured in all things, your grace was diligently serving as the nursemaid of all things, according to the will of those who long for you,
16:26 so that your sons, whom you loved, Le Alii e, might know that it is not the fruits of nature which feed men, but your word, which preserves those who believe in you.
16:27 For that which could not be destroyed by fire, was immediately melted when warmed by a few rays of the sun,
16:28 so that it might be clear to all that it is right to come before the sun to bless you, and to adore you at the dawning of the light.
16:29 For the hope of the ungrateful will melt away like the winter’s ice and will disperse like overflowing water.

le poto 17

17:1 For your judgments, Le Alii e, are great, and your words are indescribable. o le mea lea, undisciplined souls have wandered astray.
17:2 mo, while they managed to convince the unjust, so as to obtain dominion over the holy nation, they themselves were fettered with chains of darkness and of endless night, enclosed in their houses, fugitives of everlasting providence, lying in ruins.
17:3 ma, while they thought to escape notice in their secret sins, they were scattered under a dark veil of oblivion, being horribly afraid, and having been disturbed with great astonishment.
17:4 For neither did the cave which enclosed them preserve them from fear, because descending noises disturbed them, and the sorrowful persons appearing to them intensified their fear.
17:5 ma, moni lava, even fire had no strength to provide them light, nor could the clear flames of the stars illuminate that horrible night.
17:6 Yet there appeared to them a sudden fire, filled with fear; ma, having been struck with the fear of that face which is unseen, they considered those things which they did see to be worse,
17:7 ma, having been ridiculed, the illusions were removed from their arts along with their contemptuous rebuke of glorious wisdom.
17:8 O le mea moni, those who promised to drive away fears and disturbances from a languishing soul, though they were filled with derision, were themselves languishing in fear.
17:9 ma, even if nothing unnatural disturbed them, yet being agitated by the passing of animals and the hissing of snakes, they died of fear, denying what they themselves saw even in the air, which no one thinks to be able to escape.
17:10 mo, while there may be apprehension with wickedness, it gives testimony to condemnation, for a troubled conscience always forecasts harshness.
17:11 For fear is nothing else but unfaithfulness to thinking helpful things.
17:12 ma, while expectation is driven from within, the cause of this is supposing that one is great in knowledge, and as a result, conflict excels.
17:13 Yet those who were truly powerless that night, being overcome by both the vilest and the deepest hell, were sleeping the same sleep,
17:14 sometimes stirred up by the fear of unnatural things, other times sinking down in disgrace of soul, for a sudden and unexpected fear overcame them.
17:15 Ona, if any among them had fallen away, he was kept in a prison without bars which had been left open.
17:16 For if a farmer, or a shepherd, or a worker in a field of labor were suddenly overcome, he endured an inescapable necessity.
17:17 For they were all bound together with one chain of darkness. Or if there were a whistling wind, or the sweet sound of birds among the thick tree branches, or the force of water rushing excessively,
17:18 or the strong noise of rocks crashing down, or the scattering of playful animals having been seen, or the strong voice of bellowing beasts, or the resounding of the highest mountain echo, these things made them sink down because of fear.
17:19 For the whole world was enlightened with a clear light, and none were being hindered in their labors.
17:20 ae, the heavy night was placed over the sun for them, an image of that darkness which was about to overcome them. Yet they were more grievous to themselves than was the darkness.

le poto 18

18:1 But your saints were your greatest light, and they heard your voice, but did not see your form. And because they themselves did not also suffer the same things, they praised you greatly.
18:2 And those who were wounded before, gave thanks, because they were no longer being wounded, and because they had petitioned for this gift, that there would be this difference.
18:3 Ona o lenei, they had a burning column of fire as a guide on the unknown way, and you displayed a harmless sun of a good hospitality.
18:4 The others, moni lava, deserved to be deprived of the light and to endure a prison of darkness, who watched for an opportunity to imprison your sons, by whom the incorruptible light of the law was beginning to be given to future generations.
18:5 When they thought to kill the babes of the just, one son having been exposed and set free, to their disgrace, you took away a multitude of their sons and destroyed them all together in a mighty water.
18:6 Mo lena po na iloa muamua ai o tatou tamā, o lena la, le iloaina o le moni o le tautoga lea na latou faatuatuaina, latou atonu e sili atu ona filemu io latou agaga.
18:7 Ae lei mauaina lou tagata na o le faaolataga o le na, ae o le faafanoga foi o le amioletonu.
18:8 Aua e pei ona e manuʻa tatou fili, o lea na e manatu tele foi le valaauina i tatou i luma.
18:9 Mo le na o le na ofoina atu faalilolilo fanau o le lelei taulaga, ma i le maliega latou faafoeina le tulafono o le faamasinoga tonu, o lea o le a mafai ona lelei ma le leaga uma e lua e maua ai le faamasinoga tonu, ma ina ia mafai nei faamaonia o lo latou chanting i le tama.
18:10 On the other hand, a dissimilar voice was resounding from the enemies, and a lamentable wailing was heard for the children who were being cried over.
18:11 But the same punishment afflicted the servant with the master, and the common man endured the same as the king.
18:12 o le mea lea, all were the same, with one name for death, and the dead were innumerable. For neither were the living sufficient to bury the dead, auā, with a single effort, their most illustrious nation was exterminated.
18:13 For they would not believe anything because of the drugs; then truly, at the beginning, when the extermination of the firstborn happened, they pledged the people to belong to God.
18:14 mo, pe a siomia a taaligoligoa filemu mea uma, ma ina ua le tufaina o le ala o le po le ogatotonu o lona malaga,
18:15 leapt lalo ou fetalaiga mamana aoao mai le lagi mai lou nofoalii tupu, e pei o se toa tele i totonu o le laueleele o faaumatia,
18:16 o se maʻai pelu tauaveina lou pule faamaoni, ma tulaga, faatumulia mea uma i le oti, ma, tu i luga o le lalolagi, taunuu atu i le ala uma aʻe e paʻi atu le lagi.
18:17 Ona, incessant visions of nightmares disturbed them, and unexpected fears overcame them.
18:18 And another was thrown down elsewhere half-alive; ma o lea, by means of that which was dying, the cause of death was revealed.
18:19 For the visions that disturbed them had forewarned of these things, lest they should perish and not know why they suffered these evils.
18:20 ae, i lena taimi, the trial of death touched even the just, and there was a disturbance of the multitude in the wilderness, but your wrath did not continue for long.
18:21 For a blameless man, prospering, is to be entreated for your people, bringing forth the shield of your service, through prayer and incense, making prayerful supplication, he withstands anger, and so establishes an end to the necessary difficulty, revealing that he is your servant.
18:22 Yet he outlasted the disturbance, not by virtue of the body, nor by force of arms, ae, with a word, he subdued those who were troubling him, commemorating the oaths and covenant of the parents.
18:23 For when they were now fallen down dead by heaps one upon another, he stood between them and cut off their attack, and he divided those who controlled the path to the living.
18:24 mo, within the garment of shame which he held, the world was all together, and the great deeds of the parents were engraved on four orders of stones, and your majesty was engraved on the crown of his head.
18:25 Yet he who was exterminating yielded even to those he frightened. For one trial of wrath was sufficient.

le poto 19

19:1 But the impious, all the way to the very end, were overcome by anger without mercy. O le mea moni, he knew beforehand even their future.
19:2 ae, seeing that they might have repented, so that they would be led by him and be sent forth with great concern, the just sought the impious, while regretting their deeds.
19:3 mo, while the just were still holding grief in their hands and weeping at the tombs of the dead, these others took upon themselves another senseless thought, and they cast out the legislators and pursued them as if they were fugitives.
19:4 For a fitting necessity was leading them to this end, and they were losing the remembrance of those things which had happened, so that what was lacking in the sufferings of the conflict might be completed by the punishment,
19:5 and so that your people, moni lava, might wonderfully pass through, but these others might find a new death.
19:6 Mo tagata taitoatasi e tusa ma lona ituaiga na toe sitaili o mai le amataga, ma le filiga le auauna atu i au aoaoga, ina ia mafai ona faasaoina sao lau fanau.
19:7 Mo se ao faamalumaluina i latou tolauapiga, ma sa i ai le vai i luma o, faaali laueleele matutu, ma i totonu o le Sami Ulaula, se ala e aunoa ma le faalavelaveina, ma i fafo o le loloto tele, totogo ae fanua se tulaga,
19:8 e ala i le pasia lea o le atunuu atoa, puipuia e lou lima, vaai lou vavega ma mea ofoofogia.
19:9 Aua ua latou susunuina meaai e pei o solofanua, ma latou leapt e pei o tamaʻi mamoe, vivii atu ia te oe, Le Alii e, o le na faasaolotoina i latou.
19:10 For they were still mindful of those things which had happened during the time of their sojourn, how, instead cattle, the earth brought forth flies, and instead of fish, the river cast up a multitude of frogs.
19:11 ma, le mea mulimuli, they saw a new kind of bird, a, being led by their desire, they demanded a feast of meat.
19:12 mo, to console their loss, the quail came up to them from the sea, and yet troubles overcame the sinners, though they were not without the evidence of what had happened before by the power of lightning, for they suffered justly according to their own wickedness.
19:13 ma e moni lava, they set up a more detestable inhospitality. lava, some have refused to receive unknown foreigners, but these others were drafting good guests into servitude,
19:14 and not only foreigners, but also those who had been under their care, because they were reluctantly sheltering the outsiders.
19:15 Yet whoever had sheltered them with gladness, by making use of the very same justice, they afflicted with the most severe sorrow.
19:16 Yet they were struck with blindness, like someone brought before the gates of justice, so that they were suddenly covered with darkness, and each one was left searching for the threshold of his front door.
19:17 For the elements in themselves are in the process of being changed, just as when the sound of a musical instrument is being altered in quality, yet each one keeps its own sound, from where it is considered to be and according to its fixed appearance.
19:18 For the countryside was transformed by water, and things which were swimming, crossed over the land.
19:19 Fire prevailed in the midst of water, beyond its own power, and the water forgot its quenching nature.
19:20 On the other hand, the flames did not trouble the bodies of the mortal animals walking around, nor did they melt that good food, which is as easily melted as ice. For in all things, Le Alii e, you magnified your people, and honored them, and did not despise them, but at every time and in every place, you assisted them.