Righteous power (Wis 12:15-12:18)

“You are righteous.

You rule all things righteously.

It is deemed alien to your power

To condemn anyone

Who does not deserve to be punished.

Your strength is the source of righteousness.

Your sovereignty over all

Causes you to spare all.

You show your strength

When people doubt

The completeness of your power.

You rebuke any insolence

Among those who know it.

Although you are sovereign in strength,

You judge with mildness.

You govern us

With great forbearance.

You have power to act

Whenever you choose.”

God is righteous (δίκαιος) and strongly rules righteously. Thus he punishes everyone who deserves it. His strength is the source of his righteousness (ἰσχύς σου δικαιοσύνης ἀρχή). Because he has power over all, he is able to spare some people. Some see this as a weakness, but it only shows the completeness of his power. God judges with mildness and forbearance, even though he has the power to act whenever he wants to.

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