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Commentary on The Wisdom of Solomon

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1.1–5.23 : God rewards the righteous and punishes the ungodly.

1.1–11 : Wisdom, the key to immortality, is incompatible with deceit.

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Rulers of the earth: lit. rulers in general; compare 6.1 . But the real addressees were Alexandrian Jews.

4 :

Here and in subsequent passages ( 7.25–26 ), Wisdom attains the highest personification in the Bible.

5 :

Discipline in Wisdom literature means religious instruction and correction.

6 :

Heart: the center of intellect and will. Inmost being: lit. “kidneys,” considered as the center of emotion and instinct. Together they signify each person's inner forces.

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The fact that God's spirit fills the whole earth guarantees the assertion in v. 6 that God knows and will punish all transgressions. Spirit is identified with Wisdom; compare Col. 1.17; Heb. 1.3 .

1.12–16 : God made all immortal.

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See 2.23–24 and Ezek. 33.11 .

16 :

The godless are renegade Jews, the author's real opponents, for whom life is completely this-worldly, ended by death. See Isa. 28.15 for the image of a “pact” with death.

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