Epistle of Saint John Damascene

Wisdom 10:10-14

The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours. In the deceit of them that overreached him, she stood by him, and made him honourable. She kept him safe from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit. And in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.


Verse 10. The just. Jacob. — Of God. Or heaven open, and angels ascending and descending. Gen. xxxviii. 12.

Verse 11. Deceit. Laban’s craft did not prevent Jacob from growing rich. H.

Verse 12. Enemies. Laban and Esau. C. — Conflict with the angel. Ch.

Verse 13. Just. Joseph. Ch. — Sinners. His brethren, &c. Sept. “from sin” of adultery. M. — Pit. Or prison, to which he was confined at the instigation of Potiphar’s wife, always preserving his virtue. C. — He had also been let down into an old pit by his brethren. H.

Verse 14. Kingdom. Which he ruled under Pharao. Gen. xli. 40. C. — The Hebrews styled all in high authority kings. Grot.

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