|Wisdom 11 |
1 She prospered their works in the hands of the holy prophet.
2 They went through wildernesses that were not inhabited, and in desert places they pitched their tents.
3 They stood against their enemies, and revenged themselves of their adversaries.
4 They were thirsty, and they called upon you, and water was given them out of the flinty rock, and their thirst was quenched out of the hard stone. [They were not just thirsty: they grumbled against Moses, and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?" Gen 17:3.]
5 For by what things their enemies were punished, when their drink failed them, the children of Israel abounded with water and rejoiced.
6 By the same things they in their need were benefited.
7 For instead of a fountain of an ever running river, you gave human blood to the unjust. [The water in which the Israelite children were to be drowned was turned to blood for the parched Egyptians, while it flowed forth from the rock to quench the thirst of the children of Israel in the desert.]
8 And while they were diminished in a manifest reproof of their murdering of the [Israelite] infants, you gave to your own abundant water that they had not hoped for.
9 Showing by the thirst that was then, how you exalted your own, and killed their adversaries.
10 For when they were tried, and chastised with mercy, they knew how the wicked were judged with wrath and tormented.
11 For you admonished and tried them as a father; but the others, as a severe king, you examined and condemned.
12 For whether absent or present, they were tormented alike.
13 For a double affliction came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past.
14 For when they heard that by their punishments the others were benefited, they remembered the Lord, wondering at the end of what was come to pass.
15 For whom they scorned before, when he [Moses] was thrown out at the time of his being wickedly exposed to perish, him they admired in the end, when they saw what had come to pass [the plagues of Egypt, which did not affect the Israelites].
16 But for the foolish devices of their iniquity, because some being deceived, worshipped dumb serpents and worthless beasts, you sent upon them a multitude of dumb beasts [frogs and flies] for vengeance.
17 That they might know that by what things a person sins, by the same also the person is tormented.
18 For your almighty hand, which made the world of matter without form, was not unable to send upon them a multitude of bears, or fierce lions,
19 or unknown beasts of a new kind, full of rage; either breathing out a fiery vapor, or sending forth a stinking smoke, or shooting horrible sparks out of their eyes.
20 From which not only the hurt might be able to destroy them, but also the very sight might kill them through fear.
21 Yes and without these, they might have been slain with one blast, persecuted by their own deeds, and scattered by the breath of your power; but you have ordered all things in measure, and number, and weight.
22 For great power always belonged to you alone, and who shall resist the strength of your arm?
23 For the whole world before you is as the least grain of the balance, and as a drop of the morning dew, that falls down upon the earth.
24 But you have mercy upon all, because you can do all things, and overlook the sins of human beings for the sake of repentance.
25 For you love all things that are, and hate none of the things which you have made for you did not appoint, or make anything hating it.1
26 And how could anything endure, if you had not willed it, or be preserved, if not called forth by you.
27 But you spare all because they are yours,2 O Lord, who loves souls.
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1 you love all things that are, and hate none of the things which you have made for you did not appoint, or make anything hating it. God is love; love never fails; what he purposed will occur. Everything that God has made will be reconciled by Christ to him and live forever. Love does not destroy what it has made. See Is There Hope for All for more.
2 you have mercy upon all...But you spare all because they are yours. For God has sealed them all [men] in disobedience, that he might show mercy on all [men]. Rom 11:32. Yes, there is hope for all men, because God made all men, and God loves all men. He did not create them to destroy them. All men will be resurrected to life; death will be destroyed. All men will not be resurrected to life in God, but even sinners will be resurrected to a life that is better than the earth. See Is There Hope for All Men for more.
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