The aim of God's punishment, as presented in the Book of Wisdom, is not only to punish. The analysis of the first digression contained therein (Wisd 11:15-12:27) shows that the author exposes a pedagogical dimension of punishment. God, the Creator of all living things, does not content himself with punishment, but through various signs and the punishment itself calls for conversion and restoring the relationship of faith. In this article one analyzes selected expressions given a privileged position in the text's structure (11:5.16.20c) and then focuses on a more detailed investigation on Wisd 11:21-22, in which the sage explains reasons for God's clemency towards the Egyptians and Canaanites. In this particular part of the pericope, the author emphasizes the almightiness of God, who, being able to do all things to the sinners, however, at the same time forced by his love to all his creatures (the central part of the pericope), patiently awaits their conversion. That is how God's love of a universal nature manifests itself as the deepest motivation for mercy and clemency.
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