Punishment for forgetting Yahweh (Hos 13:6-13:8)

“When I fed them,

They were satisfied.

They were satisfied,

So that

Their heart was proud.

Therefore,

They forgot me.

So,

I will become

Like a lion to them.

Like a leopard,

I will lurk

Beside the way.

I will fall upon them

Like a bear

Robbed of her cubs.

I will tear open

The covering

Of their heart.

I will devour them

Like a lion.

Just like a wild animal

Would mangle them.”

Yahweh, via Hosea, warned the Israelites that he had fed them. Once they were satisfied with food, they had become proud. They forgot all about Yahweh. Thus, he was going to become like a lion or leopard lurking along their paths. He would attack them, like a bear who had been robbed of cubs. He was going to tear open the covering around their hearts. He would devour them like a wild animal would mangle its prey. They had better watch out.

The beauty of wisdom (Wis 6:12-6:16)

“Wisdom is radiant.

Wisdom is unfading.

She is easily discerned

By those who love her.

She is found

By those who seek her.

She hastens to make herself known

To those who desire her.

Whoever rises early to seek her

Will have no difficulty.

She will be found

Sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thought on her

Is perfect understanding.

Whoever is vigilant

On her account

Will soon be free from care.

Because she goes about seeking

Those worthy of her.

She graciously appears to them

In their paths.

She meets them in every thought.”

The feminine wisdom (ἡ σοφία) is radiant and does not fade away. Wisdom is clearly portrayed as a beautiful desirable woman. If you love, seek, and desire her, you will find her as she makes herself known. If you get up early and go to the gates of the city, you will find her. If you think about her, you will understand her. If you are vigilant, you will be free from all cares. She goes about seeking those who are worthy of her as she appears in their paths.