Sirach 18:11

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

8 What are human beings, and of what use are they? What is good in them, and what is evil? 9 The number of days in their life is great if they reach one hundred years. 10 Like a drop of water from the sea and a grain of sand, so are a few years among the days of eternity. 11 That is why the Lord is patient with them and pours out his mercy upon them. 12 He sees and recognizes that their end is miserable; therefore he grants them forgiveness all the more. 13 The compassion of human beings is for their neighbors, but the compassion of the Lord is for every living thing. He rebukes and trains and teaches them, and turns them back, as a shepherd his flock.

2 Peter 3:9

New Testament

8 Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. 11 Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must you be, conducting your lives in holiness and godliness, 12 while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze!

 Notes and References

"... The text of 2 Peter first cites Psalm 90:4 and then remarks that God delays judgment to give time for repentance because He is merciful. (Compare Genesis Rabbah 22:1; Sirach 18) Although R. Joshua’s remarks were not strictly apologetic in function, they do situate Psalm 90:4 within the context of the delay of divine judgment and mercy which are also found in 2 Peter 3:8-9. As regards the conclusion of the world, “one day is as a thousand years” occurs both in discussions of the length of the messiah’s day, and in explanations of the length of the world. In one text, the thousand-year day is described as a day of vengeance according to Isaiah 63:7 ..."

Neyrey, Jerome H. The Form and Background of the Polemic in 2 Peter (pp. 407-431) Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 99, No. 3, 1980

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