Wisdom chapter 2

Wicked people are bent on destruction. They try to destroy righteous people such as Job. They will especially try to destroy Jesus Christ.

 


 

The Book of Wisdom is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches

 


 

WICKED PEOPLE ARE BENT ON DESTRUCTION, CONTINUED

 

VERSE 1. For they said within themselves, with unsound reasoning, “Our life is short and sorrowful. There is no healing when a man comes to his end, and no one was ever known that was released from Hades.

with unsound reasoning. These unjust people do not have right thinking. As we saw in Wisdom 1:3, walking with God requires right thinking.

no one was ever known that was released from Hades. That is, nobody is known to have come back from the afterlife.

 

VERSE 2. Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we will be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our heart;

 

VERSE 3. which being extinguished, the body will be turned into ashes, and the spirit will be dispersed as thin air.

 

VERSE 4. Our name will be forgotten in time. No one will remember our works. Our life will pass away as the traces of a cloud, and will be scattered as is a mist, when it is chased by the rays of the sun, and overcome by its heat.

 

VERSE 5. For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and our end doesn’t retreat; because it is securely sealed, and no one turns it back.

our allotted time is the passing of a shadow. Our lives are very brief. Before we know it, we will have passed away.

our end doesn’t retreat. We cannot defer our own death.

no one turns it back. That is, nobody returns.

 

VERSE 6. “Come therefore and let’s enjoy the good things † that now exist. Let’s use the creation earnestly as in our youth.

 

VERSE 7. Let’s fill ourselves with costly wine and perfumes, and let no Spring flower pass us by.

 

VERSE 8. Let’s crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.

 

VERSE 9. Let none of us go without his share in our proud revelry. Let’s leave tokens of mirth everywhere, because this is our portion, and this is our lot.

 

VERSE 10. Let’s oppress the righteous poor. Let’s not spare the widow, nor reverence the gray hair of the old man.

 

VERSE 11. But let our strength be a law of righteousness; for that which is weak is proven useless.

 

VERSE 12. But let’s lie in wait for the righteous man, because he annoys us, is contrary to our works, reproaches us with sins against the law, and charges us with sins against our training.

let us lie in wait for the righteous man. This is exactly what the unjust people did to Jesus Christ.

he annoys us. The forces of evil find Jesus Christ to be obnoxious. They are motivated by hate.

our training. Their training in the Law of Moses.

 

VERSE 13. He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord.

professes to have knowledge of God. Jesus called God his Father, to the dismay of everyone.

 

VERSE 14. He became to us a reproof of our thoughts.

NAB translation. To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,

to see him is a hardship for us. This is how strongly the unjust people detest a righteous person.

 

VERSE 15. He is grievous to us even to look at, because his life is unlike other men’s, and his paths are strange.

 

VERSE 16. We were regarded by him as worthless metal, and he abstains from our ways as from uncleanness. He calls the latter end of the righteous happy. He boasts that God is his father.

Be boasts that God is his Father. This is a very unique claim of Jesus Christ.

 

VERSE 17. Let’s see if his words are true. Let’s test what will happen at the end of his life.

Let’s test what will happen. They propose an experiment in evil.

 

VERSE 18. For if the righteous man is God’s son, he will uphold him, and he will deliver him out of the hand of his adversaries.

 

VERSE 19. Let’s test him with outrage and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and test his patience.

with outrage and torture. They conspire to torture a fellow human being.

 

VERSE 20. Let’s condemn him to a shameful death, for he will be overseen according to his words.”

 

VERSE 21. Thus they reasoned, and they were led astray; for their wickedness blinded them,

 

VERSE 22. and they didn’t know the mysteries of God, neither did they hope for wages of holiness, nor did they discern that there is a prize for blameless souls.

 

VERSE 23. Because God created man for incorruption, and made him an image of his own everlastingness;

 

VERSE 24. but death entered into the world by the envy of the devil, and those who belong to him experience it.

 


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