6. Amulets and Piety


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Unformatted text preview: om whom protec'on was sought. Change in assump'ons about personal life: ethical life no longer guarantee for just retribu'on Will of the deity increasingly important. Gods were now seen as intervening personally in the individual's life – could punish individuals through their divine wrath for perceived wrongdoing. Wisdom texts recommend to place oneself confidently “in the hands” of a god and to rely on his powers. •  •  •  •  •  •  • •  •  Do not go to bed fearing tomorrow, For when day breaks what is tomorrow? Man knows not what tomorrow is! God is success, Man is failure. The words which men say pass on one side, The things which God does pass on another side. Do not say, "I am without fault," Nor try to seek out trouble. Fault is the business of God, •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  It is locked up with his seal. There is no success in the hand of God, Nor is there failure before Him; If he turns himself about to seek out success, In a moment He destroys him. Be strong...
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