Wisdom of Solomon 2:12
8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither. 9 Let none of us fail to share in our revelry; everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this our lot. 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;
4 Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 5 You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person, although he does not resist you. 7 So be patient, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. 8 You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near.
Notes and References
"... Another term used as a title or christological epithet, "the Righteous/Just One" (ho dikaios), appears in Acts only in sayings attributed to Jewish Christians. 62 ... Though some see "the righteous one" in James 5:6 as a reference to Jesus, most do not agree.
... Moreover, in Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-18 "the righteous one" is also called "servant of the Lord [paida Kyriou]" and "son of God [huios theou]" These passages at least show that the expression "the righteous one" was an honorific epithet in Jewish religious usage of the time ..."
Hurtado, Larry W. Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (pp. 189-190) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003
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