Wisdom of Solomon 18
Light Shines on Israel
1 But for Your holy ones there was a very great light. Their enemies heard their voice but did not see their form; And they considered them blessed because they had also not suffered,†
2 For Your holy ones did not harm those Who previously wronged them. So they were thankful and begged for grace For being at variance with them.
3 Therefore You provided a flaming pillar of fire As a guide for their unknown journey, And a harmless sun for their glorious exile.†
4 For their enemies deserved to be deprived of light And imprisoned in darkness, Those who imprisoned Your children, Through whom the incorruptible light of the law Was to be given to the world.
Death Visits Egypt
5 When they resolved to kill the babes of Your holy ones And one child was exposed and rescued, You took away as a rebuke a multitude of their children; And You destroyed them together in the violent water.†
6 That night was made known beforehand to our fathers So they might rejoice with sure knowledge in the oaths they trusted.†
7 The salvation of the righteous and the destruction of enemies Were expected by Your people,
8 For You punished our enemies with the same means By which You called and glorified us.†
9 For in secret the holy children of good people offered sacrifices, And in harmony with the divine law made a covenant, That the saints would share alike in good things and in dangers; And already they were singing the praises of their fathers.
10 But the discordant cry of their enemies resounded, And their pitiful outcry and mourning for their children spread abroad.
11 The servant was punished with the same penalty as the master, And the common man suffered the same thing as the king.
12 They all together by the one name of death Had innumerable dead persons, For there were not enough living even to bury them; Because in one critical moment their valued children were destroyed.†
13 For they disbelieved everything because of their sorceries, But at the destruction of their firstborn, They acknowledged the people to be God’s son.
14 For while gentle silence embraced everything And night at its own speed was half over,
15 Your all-powerful Word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, Into the midst of a doomed land, A relentless warrior carrying the sharp sword Of Your irrevocable command,†
16 And He stood and filled all things with death And touched heaven while standing on earth.
17 Then immediately apparitions in terrifying dreams troubled them, And unexpected fears set upon them,
18 And they threw themselves to the ground half-dead, One apparition here and another there, To make known to them the reason they were dying.
19 For the dreams which disturbed them revealed this beforehand, So they might not die without understanding Why it was they suffered.
Aaron Prays for Israel
20 The experience of death also touched the righteous, And a plague came upon the multitude in the desert; But the wrath did not last long.†
21 For a blameless man hastened and acted as their champion. He carried the instrument of his ministry: Prayer and the atonement of incense, And withstood the anger and put an end to the calamity, Showing that he was Your servant.
22 He conquered the wrath not by strength of body, And not by the power of weapons, But by a word he subdued the punisher, Because he remembered the oaths and covenants of the fathers.
23 For when the dead had already fallen on one another in heaps, He stood in the midst and drove back the wrath And cut off its path to the living.
24 For the whole world was on his long robe, And the glories of the fathers were a carved work Arranged in four rows of stones; And Your majesty was on the diadem on his head.
25 To these the destroyer yielded And these he feared; For the trial of his wrath alone was enough.
1 For the End; in hymns, concerning the eighth; a psalm by David. †
2 O Lord, do not reprove me in Your anger, Nor discipline me in Your wrath.
3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled;
4 And my soul is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord, how long?
5 Return, O Lord, and deliver my soul. Save me because of Your mercy.
6 For there is no remembrance of You in death; And in Hades who will give thanks to You?
7 I am weary with my groaning; Every single night I will dampen my bed; I will drench my couch with my tears.
8 My eye is troubled by anger; I grow old among all my enemies.
9 Depart from me, all you workers of lawlessness; For the Lord heard the voice of my weeping;
10 The Lord heard my supplication; The Lord received my prayer.
11 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be suddenly ashamed.
Proverbs of Solomon 1
16 Do not walk in the way with them, But turn away your foot from their paths.
17 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
18 For nets are not spread before birds for no reason, For those who participate in murder store up evils for themselves; And evil is the destruction of lawless men.
19 These are the ways of all who accomplish lawless things, For they take away their own soul in ungodliness.
Antioch Sends Barnabas and Saul
1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.†
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”†
3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.†
Churches Established on Cyprus
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.†
6 Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
9 Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him†
10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
11 And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”† And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
The Church in Pisidia
13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.†
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.†
15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:†
17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.†
18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.
19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
20 “After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said,‘ I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
23 />From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—†
24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’