Wisdom of Solomon 15:1


1 But you, our God, are kind and true, patient, and ruling all things in mercy. 2 For even if we sin we are yours, knowing your power; but we will not sin, because we know that you acknowledge us as yours. 3 For to know you is complete righteousness, and to know your power is the root of immortality. 4 For neither has the evil intent of human art misled us, nor the fruitless toil of painters, a figure stained with varied colors, 5 whose appearance arouses yearning in fools, so that they desire the lifeless form of a dead image. 6 Lovers of evil things and fit for such objects of hope are those who either make or desire or worship them.

Romans 2:4

New Testament

1 Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. 3 And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! 6 He will reward each one according to his works: 7 eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, 8 but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.

 Notes and References

"... Verse 4 does not bring an alternative to verse 3, but makes it concrete. Judgment is not escaped but confirmed when God's kindness is despised. Dependence on Jewish tradition, possibly (Michel) on the language of prayer, is again unmistakable. The catchwords occur already in Wisdom of Solomon 15:1. 2 Apocalypse of Baruch 21:20 speaks of those who take God's forbearance for weakness. On the other side Paul draws upon a conception already at hand. Wisdom of Solomon 11:23 declares that God overlooks sins with a view to repentance, and 2 Apocalypse of Baruch 59:6 connects the postponement of wrath with the great measure of God's forbearance. The last passage shows that it means here the delay of wrath. The three divine predicates are in Hellenistic genitive constructions and in typical Pauline fashion ..."

Käsemann, Ernst Commentary on Romans (p. 55) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1980

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