Isaiah 62:3

Hebrew Bible

1 For the sake of Zion I will not be silent; for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines brightly and her deliverance burns like a torch. 2 Nations will see your vindication, and all kings your splendor. You will be called by a new name that the Lord himself will give you. 3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal turban in the hand of your God. 4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,” and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.” Indeed, you will be called “My Delight is in Her” and your land “Married.” For the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married to him. 5 As a young man marries a young woman, so your sons will marry you. As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride, so your God will rejoice over you.

Wisdom of Solomon 5:16


14 Because the hope of the ungodly is like thistledown carried by the wind, and like a light frost driven away by a storm; it is dispersed like smoke before the wind, and it passes like the remembrance of a guest who stays but a day. 15 But the righteous live forever, and their reward is with the Lord; the Most High takes care of them. 16 Therefore they will receive a glorious crown and a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord, because with his right hand he will cover them, and with his arm he will shield them. 17 The Lord will take his zeal as his whole armor, and will arm all creation to repel his enemies; 18 he will put on righteousness as a breastplate, and wear impartial justice as a helmet;

 Notes and References

"... Despite Wisdom 5’s predominant dependence on Isaiah 59, there are aspects of chapter 59 that do not completely fulfill Pseudo-Solomon’s purposes. Here, I note a few salient differences between the two texts that reflect how Pseudo-Solomon supplements and molds the themes in Isaiah 59 to more fully communicate his own message. First, Isaiah 59 does not mention immortality for the righteous in the afterlife. In fact, the only benefit granted the righteous is earthly salvation and restoration (59:16, 20–21). Such salvation, which includes a covenantal relationship with God, is spoken about in eternal terms, but it is still communally and earthly-oriented, being maintained through subsequent generations (59:21). So, in Wisdom of Solomon 5:15–16, Pseudo-Solomon supplements the eschatological vision expressed in Isaiah 59 by mentioning a reward that involves eternal life after death for righteous individuals who will receive a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord. This diadem image clearly derives from Isaiah 62:3 since these are the only two biblical passages that use this language ... Pseudo-Solomon even takes up this Isaian verse, which originally refers to the restoration of Zion, thus having a communal sense, and reapplies it to the reward that awaits righteous individuals in the afterlife. Through this supplementation derived from another Deutero-Isaian text, Pseudo-Solomon provides a fuller picture of the eternal reward awaiting the righteous ..."

Glicksman, Andrew T. "Divine Retribution and Reward Revisited: The Rereading and Reapplication of Isaiah 59 in Wisdom 5" in Corley, Jeremy, and Geoffrey David Miller (eds.) Intertextual Explorations in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (pp. 79-98) de Gruyter, 2019

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