Psalms of Solomon 17:21


20 From their leader to the commonest of the people they committed every kind of sin: the king broke the law, the judges disobeyed, the people sinned. 21 Look, O Lord, and raise up for them their king, a son of David, to rule over your servant Israel in the time that you know, O God. 22 Undergird him with the strength to destroy the unrighteous rulers, to purge Jerusalem from the Gentiles who trample her down to destruction; 23 in wisdom and in righteousness to drive out the sinners from the inheritance, to smash the arrogance of sinners like a potter's jar, 24 to demolish all their resources with an iron rod; to destroy the lawbreaking Gentiles with the word of his mouth; 25 to scatter the Gentiles from his presence at his threat; to condemn sinners by their own consciences.

Matthew 12:23

New Testament

22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus healed him so that he could speak and see. 23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons!” 25 Now when Jesus realized what they were thinking, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 26 So if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.

 Notes and References

"... The Psalms of Solomon are highly polemical, and do not necessarily give an accurate picture of the conduct of the Hasmoneans. The themes sounded in the critique, wealth, fornication, impurity, profanation of the temple, are very similar to those found in the Damascus Document col­umns 4-5, which also probably reflect the Hasmonean era ... We have, then, a distinct picture of the Davidic messiah in the Psalms of Solomon. He is first of all the one who will liberate Jerusalem, and defeat and subjugate the Gentiles. He will then usher in an era of peace and reign in a kingdom marked by holiness and righteousness. This picture draws its warrants from biblical prophecy, especially Isaiah 11 and Psalm 2. It is unlikely that the authors of the Psalms of Solomon were the first Jews to see in Isaiah 11 or Psalm 2 the promise of a future glorious king. As we have seen, the hope for a future Davidic king was explicit in several pro­phetic passages ..."

Collins, John J. The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (pp. 52-78) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010

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