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He Says Concerning Himself "I am the Son of Elohim"


He Says Concerning Himself

"I am the Son of Elohim"
by
James Scott Trimm



It has been said that there are over three hundred Messianic prophecies in the Tanak.  This article is, however, about an important Messianic prophecy you may never have heard of, found in the Wisdom of Solomon, a book found among those known as the Apocrypha.  These are books which are considered canonical cy all pre-Protestant Christian churches.  They are cited by authors of the so-called “New Testament” frequently, and quoted by the so-called “Church Fathers” right along side the others.
(For more information see The Clear Truth about the Apocrypha http://www.wnae.org/apocryphatruth.htm )

Wisdom of Solomon claims to be a book written by Solomon (Wisdom 9:7-8).  Even skeptics date the book in the first or second century BCE. Over a hundred years before the life of Yeshua.

According to Melito in the second century CE, the Wisdom of Solomon was then considered canonical by both Jews and Christians. The Hebrew version of the Wisdom of Solomon is also mentioned by Ramban (1194-1270 CE) in the preface to his commentary on the Torah. He also quotes from the book.

Not only was the Wisdom of Solomon originally written in Hebrew but the original Hebrew survived until at least 1611.  The original 1611 edition of the King James Version has a marginal note to the word “pricked” in Wisdom of Solomon 16:11 which says “Hebr. stung.”

Facsimile of original 1611 KJV marginal note to Wisdom of Solomon 16:11


Now the Greek of Wisdom 16:11 has enekentronto “they were pricked” (KJV, Brenton)
or “they were bitten” (RSV, NEB) (the NAB has “they were stung”). Now this word can be translated “stung” (as in the NAB) but it can also be translated “pricked” as the KJV translators chose to translate in the main text. The footnote indicates that that original Hebrew does in fact have a word meaning “sting” and not “prick” here. The KJV footnote would indicate that the original Hebrew word was PARASH (Strong’s 6567) the only Hebrew word for “sting” (as we see it in Prov. 23:32).

The Aramaic Peshitta translator must have misread PARASH (Strong’s 6567) “sting” as PARASH (Strong’s 6566) “to break in pieces”. The Aramaic Peshitta translator thus wrongly translated PATZAIT “split, opened”.

The Aramaic has mistranslated the original Hebrew word, and therefore could not have been translated from the Greek. This means that our Aramaic Peshitta version is an Aramaic translation made directly from the Hebrew. Since these are cognate languages with much vocabulary and grammar in common, the Aramaic translation gives us a much better witness as to the original Hebrew than does the Greek. And were it not for this one marginal note made by the original 1611 KJV translators, we would not have this proof that the Aramaic was translated directly from the Hebrew rather than from the Greek.

Conversely the mistranslation of this word in the Aramaic Peshitta proves the veracity of the KJV marginal note.

Now there is an amazing Messianic Prophecy found in The Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-22 which reads as follows:

12: Therefore let us trouble the Righteous One; because he is not pleasant to us, and
he stands up against our doings: and he reviles us for our transgression of the
Torah, and records against us the trespasses of our audacity.
13: He professes that the knowledge of Elohim is his: and he says concerning himself
"I am the Son of Elohim"  
14: He is a rebuker of our thoughts.
15: He is heavy upon us even to behold: because his way of life is not like others,  
his ways are different.
16: We are esteemed by him as impure: he abstained from our ways like from impurity:
he blesses the ways and the end of the righteous, and he boasts that Elohim is his
father.  
17: Let us see if his words are true: and let us test him by his departure.
18: For if the Righteous One is the Son of Elohim, he will receive him, and deliver
him from the hand of those who rise up against him.
19: With despitefulness and with torment let us examine him, that we may know the
concern of his humility, and be harmful to him.
20: To a shameful death let us condemn him: we shall be upon him and shall question
his words.
21: These insipid things they did think, and were deceived: because their own
wickedness has blinded them.
22: And they did not know the mysteries of Elohim, neither hoped they for the reward
of the pure, and they did not discern an old soul without blemish.
(Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-22 - from my ongoing work on the HRV Apocrypha- Translated from the Peshitta Aramaic)

Now lets look at this prophecy in detail.  We begin with:

12: Therefore let us trouble the Righteous One; because he is not pleasant to us, and
he stands up against our doings: and he reviles us for our transgression of the
Torah, and records against us the trespasses of our audacity.
(Wisdom 2:12 HRV)

These verses gives a remarkable prophecy of the way Yeshua stood up against Torah transgression:

1 Then came near to Him scribes and P'rushim from Yerushalayim, saying,
2 Why do your talmidim transgress the decrees of the elders? For they clean not their
hands when they eat bread.
3 But He answered them and said: And why do you transgress the commandments of
Elohim--by means of your decrees?
(Matt. 15:1-3 HRV)

The Prophecy continues:

13: He professes that the knowledge of Elohim is his: and he says concerning himself
"I am the Son of Elohim"  
(Wisdom 2:13 HRV)

In fact both Matthew and Yochanan (John) quote Yeshua as angering many by saying “I am the Son of Elohim/Eloah”:

41 And likewise, the Chief Cohenim reviled Him, with the scribes and elders,
42 Saying, He saved others, but Himself He cannot save. If He is the king of Yisrael, let
Him now come down from this gallows, and we will believe in Him.
43 He believed in Elohim, let Him deliver Him now, if He delight [in Him]: for He
said, I am the Son of Elohim.
44 And so likewise the robbers, which were crucified with Him, reproached Him.
(Mt. 27:41-44 HRV)

36 To Him whom the Father sanctified and sent to the world, do you say, You
blaspheme … because I told you that I am the Son of Eloah?
37 Though I do the works of My Father, you do not believe Me.
38 But if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works: that you might know
and believe that My Father is in Me, and I am in My Father.
39 And they wanted to seize Him again, but He escaped from their hands.
(Jn. 10:36-39 HRV)

The prophecy of Wisdom of Solomon continues:

14: He is a rebuker of our thoughts.
(Wisdom 1:14 HRV)

This was also fulfilled by Yeshua as we read in Matthew:

4 And when Yeshua perceived their thoughts, He said: Why think you evil in your hearts?
(Mt. 9:4 HRV)

The Wisdom of Solomon continues:

15: He is heavy upon us even to behold: because his way of life is not like others,  
his ways are different.
16: We are esteemed by him as impure: he abstained from our ways like from impurity:
he blesses the ways and the end of the righteous, and he boasts that Elohim is his
father.  
17: Let us see if his words are true: and let us test him by his departure.
(Wisdom 2:15-17 HRV)

This actually recalls an account in the Torah concerning the life of Joseph.  When his brothers cast Joseph into the pit we read:

20 Come now therefore and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits. And we
will say, An evil beast has devoured him. And we shall see what will become of his
dreams.
(Gen. 37:20 HRV)

There is great Messianic significance to this account.  Joseph’s life was a type of the first coming of Messiah which parallels the Rabbinical Messiah ben Yoseph.  The Suffering Messiah is called Messiah ben Yoseph because his brothers were redeemed by his suffering.  

Like Joseph the Patriarch, Yeshua was betrayed by his own for a few pieces of silver (Gen. 37:28) he was cast into “the pit” (death) and raised back up so that he might redeem his brothers,  Like Joseph, Yeshua’s teaching and revelation angered his brothers, who sought to put his claims to the test by casting him into the pit (of death).

The Wisdom of Solomon continues:

18: For if the Righteous One is the Son of Elohim, he will receive him, and deliver
him from the hand of those who rise up against him.  
(Wisdom 2:18 HRV)

This strongly parallels a Messianic prophecy found in Psalm 22:

9 (22:8) Let him commit himself unto YHWH; let Him rescue him; let Him deliver him:
seeing He delights in him.
(Ps. 22:9 (8) HRV)

And both were fulfilled by Yeshua as we read in Matthew and in Yochanan (John):

43 He believed in Elohim, let Him deliver Him now, if He delight [in Him]: for He
said, I am the Son of Elohim.
(Mt. 27:43 HRV)

18 And because of this, the Judeans all the more sought to kill Him; not only because He had loosed the Sabbath, but also because He had spoken about Eloah--that He was His Father, and made His nefesh equal with Eloah.
(Jn. 5:18 HRV)

The prophecy of Wisdom of Solomon continues:

19: With despitefulness and with torment let us examine him, that we may know the
concern of his humility, and be harmful to him.
20: To a shameful death let us condemn him: we shall be upon him and shall question
his words.
21: These insipid things they did think, and were deceived: because their own
wickedness has blinded them.
22: And they did not know the mysteries of Elohim, neither hoped they for the reward
of the pure, and they did not discern an old soul without blemish.
(Wisdom 2:19-22 HRV)

This was also fulfilled by Yeshua as Ya’akov wrote:

6 You have condemned and killed the just, and he did not stand against you.
(Ya’akov (James) 5:6 HRV)

The Messianic Prophecy of Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-22 fits well right along side of prophecies like Ps. 22 and Isaiah 53 as a profound prophecy of Messiah’s role as the suffering servant Messiah ben Yoseph as fulfilled by Yeshua of Nazareth.


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Comment by Erik Adoniqam on March 26, 2012 at 7:25pm
Good post. I didn't know the book was once considered canonical.
Comment by Lew White on March 26, 2012 at 7:52pm

Everyone should download the electronic version of the HRV.  

I'm linking it to my Facebook page now . . .

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