Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wisdom 10

I forgot to specify in my last post from the book of Wisdom that was from Chapter 9. This is chapter 10, a continuation of that prayer, which extends to the end of the book.

She preserved him, that was first formed by God, the father of the world, when he was created alone, And she brought him out of his sin, and gave him power to govern all things. But when the unjust went away from her in his anger, he perished by the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.

This part recognizes Wisdom’s role in the creation of Adam, and the subsequent sin of Cain.

For whose cause, when water destroyed the earth, wisdom healed it again, directing the course of the just by contemptible wood. Moreover, when the nations had conspired together to consent to wickedness, she knew the just, and preserved him without blame to God, and kept him strong against the compassion for his son.

The water here refers to the flood, “directing the course of the just by contemptible wood,” the ark. The latter half references Abraham.

She delivered the just man, who fled from the wicked that were perishing, when the fire came down upon Pentapolis: Whose land, for a testimony of their wickedness, is desolate, and smoketh to this day, and the trees bear fruits that ripen not, and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an incredulous soul. For regarding not wisdom, they did not only slip in this, that they were ignorant of good things; but they left also unto men a memorial of their folly, so that in the things in which they sinned, they could not so much as lie hid.

Here it discusses the account of Sodom and Gomorrah. The just man here was Lot who was fleeing from those who were perishing. The standing pillar of salt is his wife. The burning rubble was meant to serve as a reminder and warning against their sins.

But wisdom hath delivered from sorrow them that attend upon her. She conducted the just, when he fled from his brother's wrath, through the right ways, and shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours. In the deceit of them that overreached him, she stood by him, and made him honourable. She kept him safe from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit. And in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.

Here it discusses the case of Joseph, sent to Egypt wrongly by his brothers, but through God and God’s wisdom came to power.

She delivered the just people, and blameless seed, from the nations that oppressed them. She entered into the soul of the servant of God and stood against dreadful kings in wonders and signs. And she rendered to the just the wages of their labours, and conducted them in a wonderful way: and she was to them for a covert by day, and for the light of stars by night: And she brought them through the Red Sea, and carried them over through a great water. But their enemies she drowned in the sea, and from the depth of hell she brought them out. Therefore the just took the spoils of the wicked. And they sung to thy holy name, O Lord, and they praised with one accord thy victorious hand. For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of infants eloquent.

This of course references the work of God through Moses as his people were delivered from the hands of Egypt.

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