Friday, April 2, 2010

More from the Book of Wisdom

Yesterday in Chapter 2 of the Book of Wisdom, I pasted the bit about the ungodly.  It goes on in 3 to note what happens with the righteous:

  1. But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.  
  2. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
  3. and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. 
  4. For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. 
  5. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; 
  6. like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them. 
  7. In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble. 
  8. They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them for ever. 
  9. Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.
 I'd read this book a few times before I really got into it, and then I fell in love with it due to a verse later on (which I'll discuss in another post).  Armed with a bit more knowledge, it started to make more and more sense and I felt it was truly a joy to read.  It just ties in so nicely between the Old and New Testament.

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