For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
‘Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament’ (pp981-984) G.K. Beale
“The quotation in 10:37-38 conflates parts of two OT texts, Is26.20-21 and Hb2.3-4, and communicates a contrast between the righteous person, who lives by faith, and the wicked person, who shrinks back from doing the will of God. The two passages probably were brought together by virtue of their common reference to “the coming”, the author again working on the principle of verbal analogy…(2 page later)…The first line of the quotation comes from Is26.20 and the remainder from Hb 2.3-4LXX…The mikron hoson hoson of 10.37a (Is26.20) translates kim at-rega (‘for a little while’) in the Hebrew text…A number of adjustments are made by the LXX to the Hebrew text of Hb2.3-4 which together make for a different emphasis…(4pages).”
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