Wisdom of Solomon 8:8


5 If riches are a desirable possession in life, what is richer than wisdom, the active cause of all things? 6 And if understanding is effective, who more than she is fashioner of what exists? 7 And if anyone loves righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for mortals than these. 8 And if anyone longs for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come; she understands turns of speech and the solutions of riddles; she has foreknowledge of signs and wonders and of the outcome of seasons and times.

Luke 12:56

New Testament

54 Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how to interpret the present time? 57 “And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!”

 Notes and References

"... in a way in which its appearance can be detected sensibly. The noun 'parateresis' occurs only here in the whole Greek Bible (save for Aquila's later rendering of Exodus 12:42). It is used by Hellenistic writers (such as Polybius, Hist. 16.22,8; Diodorus Siculus, Bibi. hist. 1.9, 6; 1.28, 1; 5.31, 3) either of the watching of stars or the detection of symptoms of disease. The related verb 'paraterein', 'watch, observe,' is found in the New Testament. See Luke 6:7; 14:1; 20:20; Acts 9:24. In Galatians 4:10 it denotes the 'observance' of Jewish feasts. In this Lucan context it refers neither to the (Pharisaic) 'observance' of the Law nor to observance of cultic rites; it is to be understood instead in the Hellenistic sense, of watching for premonitory signs (e.g. from heaven) or of an apocalyptic allusion to 'times and seasons' (e.g. Wisdom of Solomon 8:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1; compare Mark 13:32; Matt 24:36), i.e. a sort of eschatological timetable. Recall that Luke depicts the risen Jesus rejecting concern for such in Acts 1:7 ..."

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke: Introduction, Translation, and Notes (p. 1160) Doubleday, 1981

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