Baruch 3:29


27 God did not choose them, or give them the way to knowledge; 28 so they perished because they had no wisdom, they perished through their folly. 29 Who has gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds? 30 Who has gone over the sea, and found her, and will buy her for pure gold? 31 No one knows the way to her, or is concerned about the path to her. 32 But the one who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. The one who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures;

Romans 10:6

New Testament

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is by the law: “The one who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), 9 because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 Notes and References

"... As all commentators notice, Paul's citation of Deuteronomy 30:13 diverges widely from any known textual tradition. Whereas both the Masoretic text and the LXX speak of crossing the sea to find the commandment, Paul's citation reads, 'Who will go down into the abyss?' This is the sort of divergence from the scriptural text that encouraged Sanday and Headlam to venture the opinion that Paul was not really interpreting Deuteronomy 30. In fact, however, this deviant quotation is not just a careless Pauline paraphrase; it is the third layer of the triple exposure that I mentioned earlier, a textual overlay that is decidedly interpretive in effect. M. Jack Suggs has demonstrated convincingly that Paul's formulation reflects conventions associated with the personified figure of Sophia in Jewish Wisdom tradition ... This same tradition appears tellingly in Baruch 3:29-30, which allusively transfers the language of Deuteronomy 30:12-14 onto the figure of Wisdom ... Paul's variation on Deuteronomy 30:13 signals to the reader that the text must be heard not only in polyphony with Deuteronomy 8:17 and 9:4 but also with Baruch 3:29-30 and other traditional texts about elusive Wisdom ..."

Hays, Richard B. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (p. 80) Yale University Press, 1989

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