1 Enoch 102:9


8 And what will they receive and what will they see for ever? Behold, they too have died, And henceforth for ever shall they see no light." 9 I say to you, you sinners, you are content to eat and to drink and to rob and to sin and to make people naked and to add to wealth and to see good days. 10 Have ye seen the righteous how their end falls out, that no manner of violence is found in them till their death?

Wisdom of Solomon 2:6


6 "Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth. 7 Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no flower of spring pass us by. 8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither. 9 Let none of us fail to share in our revelry; everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this our lot. 10 Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow or regard the gray hairs of the aged.

 Notes and References

"... The author portrays the sinners’ understanding of reward as misconstrued (compare Wisdom of Solomon 2:6–12). The sinners’ perspective is not the consequence of wisdom or piety, but rather comes at the expense of others. If there is no distinction between the righteous and wicked in death, then they might as well sin if it means this will bring them prosperity (as e.g. the caricature of the sinners in Proverbs 1:11–14). However, the opponents’ view would not have necessarily been an open manifesto to engage in sin per se, but rather for them would have been an acceptable sapiential tradition ..."

Stuckenbruck, Loren T. 1 Enoch 91-108 (p. 510) De Gruyter, 2007

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