Proverbs 3:18

Hebrew Bible

16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful. 18 She is like a tree of life to those who grasp onto her, and everyone who takes hold of her will be blessed. 19 By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth; he established the heavens by understanding. 20 By his knowledge the primordial sea was broken open, so that the clouds drip down dew.

Psalms of Solomon 14:3


1 The Lord is faithful to those who truly love him, to those awaiting his discipline, 2 to those living in the righteousness of his commands, in the Torah that he commanded us for our lives. 3 The Lord's devout will live by it forever; his devout are the Lord's Paradise, the trees of life. 4 Their plant is rooted forever; they will not be pulled up as long as heaven shall last. 5 because God has reserved Israel for himself

 Notes and References

"... The theme of God’s absolute knowledge constitutes the author’s direct introduction to the climax of the collection of psalms, which is the coming of the Lord’s Messiah and the Last Judgment (compare Psalms of Solomon 1:6). In regard to the description of the everlasting relationship of the devout with God in Psalms of Solomon 14:3, the author had in mind all the main terms (garden, paradise, tree of life) that played an important role in the Jewish religious tradition with regard to the description of the Garden of Eden. Therefore, this relationship also includes God’s commandments, because they are for the devout the primary source of wisdom and right behavior (compare Jubilees 36:6; Proverbs 3:18; Odes of Solomon 11:18). The place of everlasting dwelling for the righteous with God is compared to the trees in the garden planted and cared for by the Lord, and since the pious live in God’s garden, they naturally are subject to the Lord’s commandments as well as to God’s discipline (Psalms of Solomon 14:3–4; compare Leviticus 18:5) ..."

Ábel, František The Psalms of Solomon and the Messianic Ethics of Paul (pp. 165-166) Mohr Siebeck, 2016

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