Wisdom of Solomon 2:12


11 But let our might be our law of right, for what is weak proves itself to be useless. 12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. 13 He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. 14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; 15 the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. 16 We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. 17 Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; 18 for if the righteous man is God's child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. 19 Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. 20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected." 21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them,

Augustine City of God 17.20

On the City of God Against the Pagans

...it has been customary to ascribe to Solomon other two, of which one is called Wisdom, the other Ecclesiasticus, on account of some resemblance of style — but the more learned have no doubt that they are not his; yet of old the Church, especially the Western, received them into authority — in the one of which, called the Wisdom of Solomon, the passion of Christ is most openly prophesied. For indeed His impious murderers are quoted as saying, 'Let us lie in wait for the righteous, for he is unpleasant to us, and contrary to our works; and he upbraids us with our transgressions of the law, and objects to our disgrace the transgressions of our education. He professes to have the knowledge of God, and he calls himself the Son of God. He was made to reprove our thoughts. He is grievous for as even to behold; for his life is unlike other men's and his ways are different. We are esteemed of him as counterfeits; and he abstains from our ways as from filthiness. He extols the latter end of the righteous; and glories that he has God for his Father. Let us see, therefore, if his words be true; and let us try what shall happen to him, and we shall know what shall be the end of him. For if the righteous be the Son of God, He will undertake for him, and deliver him out of the hand of those that are against him. Let us put him to the question with contumely and torture, that we may know his reverence, and prove his patience. Let us condemn him to the most shameful death; for by His own sayings He shall be respected. These things did they imagine, and were mistaken; for their own malice has quite blinded them.'

 Notes and References

"... Virtually a quotation from the LXX version of Isaiah 3:10, where the Hebrew is quite different. It is quoted by many of the Church Fathers, following its citation in Barnabas 6:7, as referring to Christ; compare Justin Martyr Dial. 17; Eusebius PE 13.13; Clement of Alexandria Stromata 5.14 (where Plato's Republic 361 is also quoted: 'The just man will have to endure the lash, the rock, chains, the branding-iron in his eyes, and finally, after every extremity of suffering, he will be crucified'); Augustine City of God 17.20.1: 'In one of these books that is called the Wisdom of Solomon Christ's passion is most clearly prophesied. For surely it is his wicked slayers who are recorded as saying: 'Let us set an ambush for the righteous man ...' The seventeenth-century commentator C. Lapide saw in the 'shameful death' of verse 20 a direct allusion to the cross, and in the word achrestos ('ineffectual') of verse 11 an insulting play on the name Christos ..."

Winston, David The Wisdom of Solomon: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (p. 119) Doubleday, 1979

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