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God.187 God still brings judgment against, the ungodly,188 although in this connection the motif of God's extreme patience in judgment is given quite a lot of emphasis.189 This patience aims toward the correction and reformation of the sinner.190 God exercises this patience in judgment, which aims toward repentance, out of love for creation.

But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst

do all things, and thou dost overlook men's sins, that they

may repent. For thou lovest all things that exist, and hast loathing for none of the things

which thou hast made, for thou wouldst not have made anything

if thou hadst hated it. How would anything have endured if you

hadst not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by

thee have been preserved? Thou sparest all things, for they are thine,

  • O

    Lord who lovest the living.

For thy immortal spirit is in all things. Therefore thou dost correct little by little

those who trespass, and dost remind and warn them of the things

wherein they sin, that they may be freed from wickedness and

put their trust in thee, 0 Lord. Wisdom of Solomon 11:23-12:2

A new note occurs in connection with God's judgment and its appearance to the world. God's acts of judgment are

187

4:10-15.

188

4:18-19; 11:6-8, 15-20; 12:3-11, 23-27; 16:15-23;

189

11:9-10; 12:2, 8-9, 11; 16:1-4.

190

12:10, 19:22; 16:5-14.

18:5-19.

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