If you really saw
Tell me this.
Under what tree
Did you see them
With each other?’
‘Under a mastic tree.’
Has cost you
The angel of God
He will immediately cut you
Then Daniel asked this old judge under what tree did Susanna and the young man have this famous intimate embrace. This elder answered that it was under the mastic tree, a small sweet evergreen tree. Daniel immediately responded that this was a lie, without any indication of why he felt this way. Daniel was very forceful in his response to this elder. Daniel told him that he would lose his head. An angel of God was going to deliver a sentence on him, by cutting him into two pieces. This was a Greek play on words, since the Greek word for mastic tree (σχϊνος) was close to the Greek word to cut (σχισει).
“To get wisdom is to love oneself.
To keep understanding is to prosper.
A false witness will not go unpunished.
The liar will perish.”
You love yourself if you seek wisdom. This wisdom will lead to understanding and prosperity. Then in case you forgot about the consequences for lying and bearing false witness that admonition is repeated here, a few verses after the earlier indication. Liars will not go unpunished. In fact, they will perish.
“When he killed them,
They sought him.
They sought God earnestly.
That God was their rock,
That the Most High God was their redeemer.
But they flattered him with their mouths.
They lied to him with their tongues.
Their heart was not steadfast toward him.
They were not true to his covenant.”
After some of the Israelites died in the desert, others claimed to repent. They sought God earnestly as they remembered that God was their rock. The Most High God was their redeemer. They tried to flatter God with their mouths as they lied with their tongues. Their heart was not in it. They were not true to the covenant.