By James H. Charlesworth
Millennia in the past a proficient poet within the heart East composed the Earliest Christian Hymnbook known as the Odes of Solomon, that proficient poet was once the nameless Odist who turned the early poet laureate of Christianity. The poetry, hymns and odes of the 1st fans of Jesus are obviously found in the hot testomony and this quantity interprets The Odes of Solomon with many of the hymns being evidently Christian whereas others possibly Jewish.
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4 You who were in silence, speak, For your mouth has been opened. 5 You who were despised, from henceforth be raised, For your Righteousness has been raised; 6 For the right hand of the Lord is with you, And He will be your Helper. 7 And peace was prepared for you, Before what may be your war. Both imperatives are plurals in Syriac. The Ode may have been intended for liturgical use in early Christian services. . Cf. 28; Psalms of Solomon 15:5. Or “Rise up and stand erect . ” . Here and in the following Odes I have added this notation.
11 For there is no regret with You; That You should regret anything that you have promised; 12 Since the end was manifest to You. 13 For that which You gave, You gave freely, So that no longer will You draw back and take them again. 14 For everything was manifest to You as God, And was set in order from the beginning before You. Hallelujah. 2 O Most High, abandon me not, For You are my hope. 4 My persecutors will come, But let them not see me. 5 6 7 Let a cloud of darkness fall upon their eyes; And let an air of thick darkness obscure them.
Or “mind”; but cf. Ode 5:8. ” . ” Cf. Psalm 7:16. . ” This line appears to be spurious. 10 Indeed my hope is upon the Lord, And I shall not fear. 12 And He is like a wreathed-crown upon my head, So I shall not be disturbed. 13 Even if everything should be shaken, I shall stand firm. 14 And though all things visible should perish, I shall not be extinguished; 15 Because the Lord is with me, And I with Him. Hallelujah. pattern and emphasizes ideas peculiar to the Coptic recension. . ” .