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on they were guilty of all manner of wickedness.

Afterward it was not enough for them to err

about the knowledge of God, but they live in great strife due to ignorance, and they call such great evils peace. For whether they kill children in their

initiations, or celebrate secret mysteries, or hold frenzied revels with strange customs, they no longer keep either their lives or

their marriages pure, but they either treacherously kill one another,

or grieve one another by adultery, and all is a raging riot of blood and murder,

theft and deceit, corruption, faithlessness, tumult, perjury, confusion over what is good, forgetfulness of

favors, pollution of souls, sex perversion, disorder in marriage, adultery, and debauchery.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:22-27

It is hardly surprising then that the worship of idols is judged to be "the beginning and cause and end of every evil" (14:27).110

Creation as an Enemy

The Lord will take his zeal as his whole

armor, and will arm all creation to repel his

enemies; he will put on righteousness as a breasplate, and wear impartial justice as a helmet; he will take holiness as an invincible shield, and sharpen stern wrath for a sword, and creation will join with him to fight

against the madmen. Wisdom of Solomon 5:17-20

This text introduces creation itself as an enemy. It fights together with God against madmen. The passage goes Cf. 14:12. 110

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