Righteous Characters as Enemies
With the righteous, who also appeared as enemies in earlier literature, one new development does appear. They are still anti-wicked, but their action as enemies of the ungodly is after death.
The righteous man who has died will condemn
the ungodly who are living, and youth that is quickly perfected will
condemn the prolonged old age of the unrighteous man. For they will see the end of the wise man, and will not understand what the Lord
purposed for him, and for what he kept him safe. They will see, and will have contempt for him, but the Lord will laugh them to scorn. After this they will become dishonored
corpses, and an outrage among the dead for ever; because he will dash them speechless to
the ground, and shake them from the foundations; they will be left utterly dry and barren, and they will suffer anguish, and the memory of them will perish.
Wisdom of Solomon 4:16-19
The righteous man who has died condemns the wicked, but this condemnation appears somewhat passive. As the fol- lowing verses indicate this condemnation is not clear to the wicked; they continue to have contempt for him. Their con- demnation, however, is clarified by the Lord's judging action. Only then do they come to the dreadful realization of the truth of the righteous man's life.107 They speak