Psalm 7:15

Hebrew Bible

13 He has prepared deadly weapons to use against him; he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows. 14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness, who conceives destructive plans, and gives birth to harmful lies— 15 he digs a pit and then falls into the hole he has made. 16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans— and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 17 I will thank the Lord for his justice;I will sing praises to the Lord Most High!

2 Maccabees 9:6


4 Transported with rage, he conceived the idea of turning upon the Jews the injury done by those who had put him to flight; so he ordered his charioteer to drive without stopping until he completed the journey. But the judgment of heaven rode with him! For in his arrogance he said, "When I get there I will make Jerusalem a cemetery of Jews." 5 But the all-seeing Lord, the God of Israel, struck him with an incurable and invisible blow. As soon as he stopped speaking he was seized with a pain in his bowels, for which there was no relief, and with sharp internal tortures— 6 and that very justly, for he had tortured the bowels of others with many and strange inflictions. 7 Yet he did not in any way stop his insolence, but was even more filled with arrogance, breathing fire in his rage against the Jews, and giving orders to drive even faster. And so it came about that he fell out of his chariot as it was rushing along, and the fall was so hard as to torture every limb of his body.

 Notes and References

"... The plea for the Lord “to look upon” Jews who suffer oppression recalls Lord’s decisive “looking upon” Israel to deliver them from Egypt (1:27; compare Exodus 2:25). The epitome picks up this strand to begin the reversal of fortunes in Jerusalem and Israel as the people pray that the Lord would look upon them (Maccabees 8:2; compare 7:6). The description of the Jews as “rejected and despised” reflects the humiliation of the exiles (Isaiah 49:7). The deliverance of Israel would reveal to the gentile oppressors that the Lord is God (1:27). This theme derives from Hezekiah’s prayer in the temple as Sennacherib’s forces surrounded Jerusalem, Solomon’s petition at the dedication of the First Temple, and the effect of the exiles returning to Judah according to Deutero–Isaiah (Isaiah 37:20; 1 Kings 8:60; Isaiah 40:5; 45:3; 49:26). In 2 Maccabees, Antiochus IV Epiphanes is the gentile adversary whose afflictions provoke him to acknowledge that the Lord of Israel is God, but at a point in time that is too late to save him (2 Maccabees 9:12, 17–18). Retributive theology associates the petition to afflict the adversaries in the festal letter with the fate of Antiochus IV Epiphanes in the epitome. The verb “to punish” (2 Maccabees 1:28) describes both the torture that the king inflicted upon the Jews and also the affliction he eventually suffered in return (9:6; 7:13, 17). The arrogance of oppressors points to the disposition, which Antiochus manifested in his attacks on the temple but which also, by the king’s own admission, hastened his death ..."

Duggan, Michael W. "Rediscoveries in Judaism: The Temple and the Return to Israel in 2 Macc 1:10–2:18" in Reif, Stefan C., et al. (eds.) On Wings of Prayer: Sources of Jewish Worship: Essays in Honor of Professor Stefan C. Reif on the Occasion of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday (pp. 83-99) De Gruyter, 2019

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