Wisdom of Solomon 14:6


4 showing that you can save from every danger, so that even a person who lacks skill may put to sea. 5 It is your will that works of your wisdom should not be without effect; therefore people trust their lives even to the smallest piece of wood, and passing through the billows on a raft they come safely to land. 6 For even in the beginning, when arrogant giants were perishing, the hope of the world took refuge on a raft, and guided by your hand left to the world the seed of a new generation. 7 For blessed is the wood by which righteousness comes. 8 But the idol made with hands is accursed, and so is the one who made it— he for having made it, and the perishable thing because it was named a god.

Sirach 16:7

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

5 Many such things my eye has seen, and my ear has heard things more striking than these. 6 In an assembly of sinners a fire is kindled, and in a disobedient nation wrath blazes up. 7 He did not forgive the ancient giants who revolted in their might. 8 He did not spare the neighbors of Lot, whom he loathed on account of their arrogance. 9 He showed no pity on the doomed nation, on those dispossessed because of their sins;

 Notes and References

"... The corrupting consequences of Adam’s transgression in Wisdom of Solomon 2:23–24 are not irreparable for the cosmos, for Adam, or for his progeny ... Adam is set in contrast to the prototypical transgressor in Wisdom, Cain (Wisdom of Solomon 10:3–4) ... Adamic tradition occurs in the context of condemning idolatry (Wisdom of Solomon 15:8–17). Like Cain, the idolater forfeits his soul through his folly ... like Sirach 16:7, Pseudo-Solomon makes passing reference to the Enochic tradition (Wisdom of Solomon 14:6). In Wisdom of Solomon 2:23–24 Adam’s transgression is, for the first time, attributed profound significance. However, in the larger context of Wisdom, Adam’s transgression does not deny or overshadow other traditions related to the origin of evil. Like Ben Sira, the author of Wisdom testifies to a diverse collection of traditions related to evil, a mixed template ..."

Stewart, Tyler Allen "The Present Evil Age": The Origin and Persistence of Evil in Galatians (pp. 106-107) Marquette University, 2019

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