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are the consequences of idolatry in Wisdom of Solomon 15:22-29 is truly encyclopedic. It covers offenses against family, friends and neighbors, property, sexuality, and judiciary.

Apart from discussing the folly, origins and conse- quences of this problem, however, Wisdom says very little

about how to respond to these people.183 Nevertheless, one

general impression emerges quite clearly: they are ignorant fools deserving little, if any, sympathy.

With regard to people who worship the elements of nature some mitigation of this impression seems to appear. The concession is made that they are

. . . little to be blamed, for perhaps they go astray while seeking God and desiring to find him. For as they live among his works they keep

searching, and they trust in what they see, because

the things that are seen are beautiful. Wisdom of Solomon 13:6-7

This concession, however, is immediately nullified in the following verses.

Yet again, not even they are to be excused; for if they had the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of all these things?

Wisdom of Solomon 13:8-9

183 The idols themselves, of course, require no response other than rejection.

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