Isaiah 59:9

Hebrew Bible

7 They are eager to do evil, quick to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful; they crush and destroy. 8 They are unfamiliar with peace; their deeds are unjust. They use deceitful methods, and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 9 For this reason deliverance is far from us and salvation does not reach us. We wait for light, but see only darkness; we wait for a bright light, but live in deep darkness. 10 We grope along the wall like the blind, we grope like those who cannot see; we stumble at noontime as if it were evening. Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 11 We all growl like bears, we coo mournfully like doves; we wait for deliverance, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us.

Wisdom of Solomon 5:6


4 "These are persons whom we once held in derision and made a byword of reproach—fools that we were! We thought that their lives were madness and that their end was without honor. 5 Why have they been numbered among the children of God? And why is their lot among the saints? 6 So it was we who strayed from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness did not shine on us, and the sun did not rise upon us. 7 We took our fill of the paths of lawlessness and destruction, and we journeyed through trackless deserts, but the way of the Lord we have not known. 8 What has our arrogance profited us? And what good has our boasted wealth brought us?

 Notes and References

"... In 5:15–23 the author restates his belief in the reversal after death of the fates of the righteous and the wicked, but this time using traditional Old Testament imagery of God as the divine Warrior. The whole section represents an elaboration of Isaiah 59:17, but compare also Isaiah 13 and 24. After having acknowledged that the righteous were right and they were wrong, the wicked are subject to a wholesale onslaught in which they seem to be utterly destroyed. 5:16 alludes to the idea mentioned above in connection with 2:16, 18, namely, the democratization of beliefs originally attached to the Israelite kings (compare also 3:8). At God’s coming the righteous will attain the kingly stature which goes with the title “son of God” (compare Psalm 89:20–27). A close parallel in Sibylline Oracles 3:702–3 throws light on the general scenario which the author seems to have in mind in these verses ..."

Hayman, A. Peter Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible: Wisdom of Solomon (pp. 44-45) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019

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