Wisdom of Solomon 16:23


21 For your sustenance manifested your sweetness toward your children; and the bread, ministering to the desire of the one who took it, was changed to suit everyone's liking. 22 Snow and ice withstood fire without melting, so that they might know that the crops of their enemies were being destroyed by the fire that blazed in the hail and flashed in the showers of rain; 23 whereas the fire, in order that the righteous might be fed, even forgot its native power. 24 For creation, serving you who made it, exerts itself to punish the unrighteous, and in kindness relaxes on behalf of those who trust in you. 25 Therefore at that time also, changed into all forms, it served your all-nourishing bounty, according to the desire of those who had need,

Revelation 8:7

New Testament

3 Another angel holding a golden censer came and was stationed at the altar. A large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 4 The smoke coming from the incense, along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. 6 Now the seven angels holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. 7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 8 Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood,

 Notes and References

"... A number of parallels to the first trumpet in Early Judaism have been suggested by various commentators. The author of Revelation was probably aware of the underlying tradition, if not the literary setting, of several of these. Wisdom of Solomon 16:16-24 offers a striking thematic parallel to the first trumpet ... This passage portrays a judgment plague that impacts on the godless but spares and even benefits the righteous. The plague consists of storms of rain and hail, with fire blazing in the hail, that result in fires which destroy the crops of God's enemies. There is a hint ('who were to learn from this') that these judgments might lead the godless to sober thought (perhaps leading to repentance?). The plague is summarized as creation (i.e., the natural world), in service to its maker, turning on the godless to punish them and to deliver the righteous from their affliction. The thematic parallel is striking. In both passages the wicked are those who worship idols (Wisdom of Solomon 16:2; compare Revelation 9:20,21) In both plagues the wicked are punished and God's people are preserved ..."

Paulien, Jon Allusions, Exegetical Method, and the Interpretation of Revelation 8:7-12 (pp. 366-367) Andrews University, 1987

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