Wisdom of Solomon 2:12


10 Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow or regard the gray hairs of the aged. 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.

Barnabas 6:7

Epistle of Barnabas

4 And the prophet saith again; The stone which the builders rejected,this became the head and the corner. And again He saith; This is the great and wonderful day, which the Lord made. 5 I write to you the more simply, that ye may understand, I who am the offscouring of your love. 6 What then saith the prophet again? The assembly of evildoers gathered around Me, they surrounded Me as bees surround a comb and For My garment they cast a lot. 7 For as much then as He was about to be manifested in the flesh and to suffer, His suffering was manifested beforehand. For the prophet saith concerning Israel; Woe unto their soul, for they have counseled evil counsel against themselves saying, Let us bind the righteous one, for he is unprofitable for us. 8 What sayeth the other prophet Moses unto them? Behold, these things saith the Lord God; enter into the good land which the Lord swear unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and inherit it, a land flowing with milk and honey.

 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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