Which Patriarch does Wisdom 10:5 refer too?


“Moreover when the nations had conspired together to consent to wickedness, she knew the just, and preserved him him without blame to God, and kept him without blame to God, and kept him strong against compassion for his son.” Wisdom 10:3

This chapter of Wisdom references a number of Patriarchs, with various passages. To which one does this passage refer too?



Hi Serpent,

This refers to Abraham as is made clear by the reference to God’s command to sacrifice his son.



D-R Bible, Haydock Commentary:

Ver. 5. She knew the just. She found out and approved Abraham, (Calmet) Sem, or Heber, who took no part in building the tower. (St. Augustine, City of God) (Chap. xvi. 4.) — To God. Many say that Abraham was at first addicted to idolatry. (Philo.) (St. Augustine, &c.) — But not after he was directed by the light of heaven. (Calmet) — Strong. Gave him strength to stand firm against the efforts of his natural tenderness, when he was ordered to sacrifice his son. (Challoner) — Against. Literally, “in.” To obey God was true compassion to his son, though it might have deprived him of this life. (Haydock) — How many virtues did not Abraham manifest on this occasion! (St. Ambrose, Off. ii. 5.)


Here is the footnotes from the Douay-Rheims Study Bible

The benefits of wisdom are declared by examples, in Adam, 4 Noah, 5. Abraham, 6. Lot, 10. Jacob, 13. Joseph, 15. And the people of Israel.

Verse 1 That was first made. Adam.

Verse 2 Bought him. By this it is certain that our first parent Adam truly repented, and had remission of his sin.

Verse 4 Just by contemptible wood. Noah.

Verse 5 The just, and preserved him. Abraham.

Verse 6 The just, flying from the impious. Lot.

Verse 7 Trees having fruits. In all trees about Sodom there is only show of fruit, which when it is touched falls into dust.

Verse 7 Pillar of salt. Lot’s wife an example of inconstancy.

Verse 10 The just flying his brothers. Jacob.

Verse 13 The just being sold. Joseph.

Verse 15 Just people. God’s peculiar people.


Okay, Abraham. But, what then is the wickedness that the nations were conspired to commit? I was favoring the tower of Babel for that part of the passage.


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.