Ezekiel 6:5

Hebrew Bible

3 Say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I am bringing a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4 Your altars will be ruined and your incense altars will be broken. I will throw down your slain in front of your idols. 5 I will place the corpses of the people of Israel in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. 6 In all your dwellings, the cities will be laid waste and the high places ruined so that your altars will be laid waste and ruined, your idols will be shattered and demolished, your incense altars will be broken down, and your works wiped out. 7 The slain will fall among you and then you will know that I am the Lord.

Psalms of Solomon 4:19


17 May he return to his house empty-handed, may his house lack everything with which he would saiisly himself; 18 May his old age be spent alone and childless, until he passes away. 19 Let wild animals tear apart the flesh of the hypocrites, and may the bones of the criminals disgracefully bleach out in the sun. 20 May crows peck out the eyes of these hypocrites, because they disgracefully seized so many people's homes, and greedily evicted them. 21 In all these things they have not remembered God, nor have they feared God in all these things; but they have angered and aggravated God.

 Notes and References

"... The opening chapters of 1 Enoch also contain the language of blessing for the righteous and cursing for all those who have rebelled against God (e.g., 1 Enoch 1:8; 5:5–9). The statements in the Psalms of Solomon that most closely resemble the blessing and curse form use the optative mode. General petitions in the Psalms of Solomon, like other prayers, are formed with the imperative. Psalms of Solomon 4 contains several of these curse-like lines in the optative as the author rails against hypocrites who sit in the council ... More curse-like lines continue in verses 14–22 ..."

Werline, Rodney A. "The Formation of the Pious Person in the Psalms of Solomon" in Bons, Eberhard, and Patrick Pouchelle (eds.) The Psalms of Solomon: Language, History, Theology (pp. 133-154) Society of Biblical Literature, 2015

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