Dead Sea Scrolls

1QH 14

The Thanksgiving Hymns

I will be a stumbling-block to [those who swallow me up, and a snare to] all those who battle against me; [I will be for my enemies a] cause of shame, and a cause of disgrace to those who murmur against me. For Thou, O my God ... Thou wilt plead my cause; for it is according to the mystery of Thy wisdom that Thou hast rebuked me. Thou wilt conceal the truth until [its] time, [and righteousness] until its appointed moment. Thy rebuke shall become my joy and gladness, and my scourges shall turn to [eternal] healing and everlasting [peace]. The scorn of my enemies shall become a crown of glory, and my stumbling (shall change) to everlasting might. For in Thy ... and my light shall shine forth in Thy glory. For as a light from out of the darkness, so wilt Thou enlighten me.

Date: 150 B.C.E. - 100 B.C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates
New Testament

Ephesians 1:9

1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus. 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! 3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He did this by predestining us to adoption as his legal heirs through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will— 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 9 He did this when he revealed to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ—the things in heaven and the things on earth.

Date: 60-70 C.E. (If authentic), 90-100 C.E. (If anonymous)
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates