4 Ezra 12:42

2 Esdras

40 When all the people heard that seven days had passed without my returning to the town, they assembled and came to me. 41 What wrong or injury have we done you,’ they asked me, ‘that you have deserted us and settled here? 42 Out of all the prophets you are the only one left to us. You are like the last cluster in a vineyard, like a lamp in the darkness, or a safe harbor for a ship in a storm. 43 Have we not suffered enough? 44 If you desert us, we had far better have been destroyed in the fire that burnt up Zion. 45 We are no better than those who perished there.’ Then they raised a loud lamentation. 46 I replied: ‘Take courage, Israel; house of Jacob, lay aside your grief.

2 Peter 1:19

New Testament

17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory: “This is my dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” 18 When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

 Notes and References

"... In a passage paralleled in 2 Baruch 33‐35 we read in the already cited 4 Ezra 12:42: “For of all the prophets you alone are left to us, like a cluster of grapes from the vintage, and like a lamp in a dark place, and like a haven for a ship saved from a storm.” Here we see some parallels to 2 Peter as well. Ezra as a “prophet” ties in with 2 Peter 1:19’s “prophetic” and 1:20’s “prophecy” (compare 2 Peter 2:1’s “prophets” as well). 4 Ezra 12:42’s “like a lamp in a dark place” parallels 2 Peter 1:19’s “as to a lamp shining in a dark place.” Compare 1QH Col. XIII’s proximity of the stilling of a storm and orphan tropes (“orphan” occurs nowhere else in 1QH) ... There are some interesting correspondences between 2 Baruch’s vision of the black and bright waters (chapters 53ff.), its interpretation (chapters 56ff.), and 2 Peter ..."

Zinner, Samuel 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch and 2 Peter and Revelation (pp. 1-55) University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019

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