Wisdom of Solomon One of the most common responses to enemies witnessed in wisdom literature is that, of avoidance, and this appears
in the Wisdom of Solomon as well.180 A second response found in earlier wisdom literature, and shared in the book of Wisdom, is that of nonanxiety in the face of enemies.181 The self-destructive nature of enemies is also recognized in Wisdom,182 just as it is in previous literature.
Apart from these common responses to enemies and their attacks, a somewhat limited range of responses may be inferred from the Wisdom of Solomon. The response to strangers is evidently unique in the wisdom literature. A special problem in this book concerns idolatry. How does a wise man respond to idols and their worshipers? Finally, an impressive example of gentle non-aggression may be seen in the book of Wisdom.
Welcome to Strangers
Welcoming strangers appears only once in Wisdom, but it is a unique response in the wisdom literature, Actually, Wisdom 19:13-17 argues that the Egyptians received just
180 181 182 Cf. Wisd. 1:5, 11, 12; 2:16. Cf. 2:20; 5:1; 7:30; 15:2; 17:11, Cf. 1:16; 2:21; 3:11, 16, 19; 4:3, 6, 20; 5:14; 10:3; 17:2.