Sirach 16:12

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

11 Even if there were only one stiff-necked person, it would be a wonder if he remained unpunished. For mercy and wrath are with the Lord; he is mighty to forgive—but he also pours out wrath. 12 Great as is his mercy, so also is his chastisement; he judges a person according to his or her deeds. 13 The sinner will not escape with plunder, and the patience of the godly will not be frustrated. 14 He makes room for every act of mercy; everyone receives in accordance with his or her deeds. 17 Do not say, "I am hidden from the Lord, and who from on high has me in mind? Among so many people I am unknown, for what am I in a boundless creation?

1 Peter 1:17

New Testament

14 Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, 15 but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” 17 And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence. 18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed—not by perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.

 Notes and References

"... The principle of recompense does not ultimately hold for human-to-human relations, but is left to God, as implied by the passive “will be repaid” (compare Sirach 28:1, “the vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance”; 1QS x 18, “for with God is the judgement of every living being”; CD A ix 2–5, interpreting Leviticus 19:18 through Nahum 1:2; Romans 12:19). It is thus only with the understanding that the wicked are under divine judgement that any participation therein by the righteous becomes conceivable. The notion of being judged in accordance with one’s actions, characteristic of the Epistle, is widespread throughout Jewish and early Christian tradition; see Job 34:11; Psalms 28:4; 62:13; Proverbs 24:12; Isaiah 59:18; Jeremiah 25:14; 50:29; Lamentations 3:64; Hosea 12:2; Zechariah 1:6; Sirach 16:12; 35:24; Psalms of Solomon 2:6, 34; Romans 2:6; 8:13; 1 Peter 1:17 ..."

Stuckenbruck, Loren T. 1 Enoch 91-108 (pp. 279-280) De Gruyter, 2007

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