Sirach 36:4

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

3 Lift up your hand against foreign nations and let them see your might. 4 As you have used us to show your holiness to them, so use them to show your glory to us. 5 Then they will know, as we have known, that there is no God but you, O Lord. 6 Give new signs, and work other wonders; 7 make your hand and right arm glorious. 8 Rouse your anger and pour out your wrath; 9 destroy the adversary and wipe out the enemy. 10 Hasten the day, and remember the appointed time, and let people recount your mighty deeds. 11 Let survivors be consumed in the fiery wrath, and may those who harm your people meet destruction. 12 Crush the heads of hostile rulers who say, "There is no one but ourselves." 13 Gather all the tribes of Jacob,

2 Peter 3:11

New Testament

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! 13 But, according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.

 Notes and References

"... Peter proclaims that lives of holiness and godliness can actually expedite (σπεύδω) the Day of the Lord; believers can make the day of the Lord happen sooner. (The word σπεύδω can have bear either a transitive or an intransitive sense. The intransitive sense can be rendered “seek eagerly, strive after”; the transitive significance is reflected in translations such as “to cause to happen soon,” “to hurry up,” “to promote” ... Reflecting the latter usage, Sirach 36:6 urges God to expedite the exercise of his wrath: σπεῦσον καιρὸν καὶ μνήσθητι ὁρκισμοῦ, “hasten the time and remember your oath”. Only the transitive significance of σπεύδω seems plausible in 2 Peter 3:12, considering that Peter has already cited lack of repentance as the cause of the Parousia’s delay) So, eschatology not only stimulates ethics, but ethics stimulate eschatology; the two are mutually reinforcing. And this makes good sense; if Peter believes that the eschaton is delayed so that people can repent from wickedness, it stands to reason that lives of holiness would expedite the eschaton ..."

Hays, Christopher M. When the Son of Man Didn’t Come: A Constructive Proposal on the Delay of the Parousia (p. 92) Fortress Press, 2016

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