More Wisdom of Solomon

by Andrea Elizabeth

This verse from the Wisdom of Solomon 4:6 gave me pause.

“For children born from lawless unions
Are witnesses of evil against their parents
In their close examination.” (Orthodox Study Bible)

At first I thought that it meant evil against their parents, and I thought, do they mean a corroberating  witness when someone does evil things against you. So I googled it and came across the Septuagint version, which I thought the OSB was.

On Judgment Day children born of a forbidden union will testify to the sin of their parents and act as witnesses against them.

Yikes. I wonder if they testify before death and Judgment Day if the forbidden and lawless uniters will get off easier. Lord have mercy.

Hey, Solomon was the child of such a union, but he apparently didn’t write this.

Its implied author is King Solomon, and its implied audience is the rulers of the earth. However, its real author seems to have been a Greek-speaking Jew with some knowledge of Greek rhetoric and philosophy, and its real audience seems to have been young Jews in danger of slipping away from their Jewish heritage into pagan materialism. The use of the Greek language, the influence of Greek philosophy and rhetoric, its Jewish audience, and the links with Philo suggest an origin in Alexandria in Egypt. It is generally dated to the mid-1st century BCE (around 50 BCE), although scholars place it anywhere from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE. The purpose of the Wisdom of Solomon is to demonstrate the superiority of the Jewish religion and its great wisdom. The author knows Greek rhetoric and Greek philosophy, as well as the Bible in its Greek form. He adopts some concepts from Stoicism and Platonism, and opposes the Epicureans and Egyptian paganism. [from here]