|Wisdom 5 |
1 Then shall the righteous man stand in great boldness before the face of such as have afflicted him and made no account of his labors.
2 These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation.
3 Saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: "These are those, whom we had some time in derision, and for a parable of reproach.
4 We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honor.
5 Behold how they are numbered among the children of God and their lot is among the saints.
6 Therefore, we have erred from the way of truth, and the light of justice has not shone in us, and the Sun of Righteousness has not risen upon us.
7 We wearied ourselves in the way of iniquity and destruction, and have walked through hard ways, but the way of the Lord we have not known. [They wasted their lives; they failed to inquire as to the purpose of life, and what they should do to prepare for life after death.]
8 What has pride profited us? Or what advantage has the boasting of riches brought us?
9 All those things are passed away like a shadow, and like a message that runs on.
10 And as a ship that passes through the waves, which when it is gone by, the trace cannot be found, nor the path of its keel in the waters.
11 Or as when a bird flies through the air, of the passage of which no mark can be found, but only the sound of the wings beating the light air, and parting it by the force of her flight; she moved her wings, and has flown through, and there is no mark found afterwards of her way.
12 Or as when an arrow is shot at a mark, the divided air presently comes together again, so that the passage thereof is not known.
13 So we also being born, quickly ceased to be, and have been able to show no mark of virtue, but are consumed in our wickedness." [Since they did not acquire wisdom, they never matured, staying as children who then died.]
14 Such things as these the sinners said in hell.
15 For the hope of the wicked is as dust, which is blown away with the wind, and as a thin froth which is dispersed by the storm, and a smoke that is scattered abroad by the wind, and as the remembrance of a guest of one day that passes by.
16 But the righteous shall live [in the life of God] forevermore, and their reward is with the Lord, and the care of them with the most High.
17 Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord for with his right hand he will cover them, and with his holy arm he will defend them.
18 And his zeal will take armor, and he will arm the creation for the revenge against his enemies.
19 He will put on righteousness as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet.
20 He shall take holiness for an invincible shield.
21 And he will sharpen his severe wrath for a spear, and the whole world shall fight with him against the unwise.
22 Then shafts of lightning shall go directly from the clouds, as from a bow well bent, they shall be shot out, and shall fly to the mark.
23 And thick hail shall be cast upon them from the stone-casting wrath. The water of the sea shall rage against them, and the rivers shall run together in a terrible manner.
24 A mighty wind shall stand up against them, and as a whirlwind shall divide them, and their iniquity shall bring all the earth to a desert, and wickedness shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty.1
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1 Then shafts of lightning shall go directly from the clouds, as from a bow well bent, they shall be shot out, and shall fly to the mark. And thick hail shall be cast upon them from the stone-casting wrath. The water of the sea shall rage against them, and the rivers shall run together in a terrible manner. A mighty wind shall stand up against them, and as a whirlwind shall divide them, and their iniquity shall bring all the earth to a desert, and wickedness shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty.
Solomon prophesies of the coming purge of sinners from the earth. This is similar to Isaiah 24. The Lord has said that since he had destroyed the people of Jerusalem, which was called by His name, do we think we will go unpunished? Jer 25:29. Through Jeremiah, He has also told us that walking after the imaginations of our own heart is worse than falling down and worshipping stone or wooden idols. Jer 16:12. There is a day soon coming when the Lord will destroy all sinners from the earth, whether they think they are saved or not — all sinners will be destroyed. This agrees with Isaiah: This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. Isa 14:26. AND He shall destroy the sinners out of the land. Isa 13:9. He shall execute judgment on the nations. He shall fill all places with the dead bodies. He shall crush the rulers across the earth. Psa 110:6.
for the windows from on high are open, Water, lightnings, and hail come from the windows from on high. Isa 24:18.
the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is dissolved, the earth is exceedingly moved. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard [earthquakes], and shall be removed like a cottage; and its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again. Isa 24:20.
But here we get more detail: destructive lightning bolts deliberately aimed, hail stones aimed, raging seas, terrible flooding rivers, and tornados scattering the people.
wickedness shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty. In hard times, the rich and ruling class is often overthrown in revolution, which is not the way of Christ at all. Many of these revolutionaries will claim to be righteous agents of vengeance against those who they believe responsible for famine and economic depression. From the Word of the Lord within: "All those who destroy will be imagined to be my authorities. Whoever does wickedly and unjustly will be punished."
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