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The Bible contrasts the righteous ones and the sinners, however, biblical thought recognizes that there are righteous who are punished and sinners who prosper. The Psalms of Solomon expand on the difficulty of distinguishing the righteous from the sinner. Firstly, sinners are presented as having benefited from the same blessings as the righteous. Secondly, the righteous are punished as if they were sinners. How then does the Psalms of Solomon differentiate between a righteous “sinner” and a “true” sinner? Ps Sol 13 responds by linking Deut 8:5 and Mal 3:17–18: the righteous are the object of God’s fatherly love. This sonship mixes divine discipline and salvation. This could shed new light on two cruces interpretationum of Ps Sol 13 as well as illuminate the place of the Messiah in this system of thought.

In: Journal of Ancient Judaism