Psalm 8:5

Hebrew Bible

3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 4 Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them? 5 You made them a little less than the heavenly beings. You crowned mankind with honor and majesty. 6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; you have placed everything under their authority, 7 including all the sheep and cattle, as well as the wild animals, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that moves through the currents of the seas.

Wisdom of Solomon 5:15


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;

 Notes and References

"... Not only will the righteous shine forth (the Dan. 12 allusion), but also this metaphor is mined to include both light and heat, as the righteous burn up the stubble of wickedness. And besides executing judgment, the righteous ones (now immortal) will exercise dominion over the nations—precisely the reversal envisioned in Daniel 7 and other Second Temple texts. Two chapters later the resurrection of God’s elect is linked even more explicitly to their royal status ... What we have here is the restoration of the faithful to their rightful human status, with echoes of Psalm 8 (crowned with glory and honor). The eschaton will bring to fruition God’s original intent at creation. This interpretation is congruent with the emphasis in the Wisdom of Solomon on the goodness of creation ..."

Middleton, J. Richard A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (p. 144) Baker Academic, 2014

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