18. Amulets and Piety

Themostimportantwisdomteachingis thatofamenemope

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Unformatted text preview: ill 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 in your heart, make your mind firm, Do not steer with your tongue; The tongue of a man is the steering oar of a boat, And the Lord of All is its pilot (...). Do not say, I have found a strong protector, And now I can challenge a man in my town. Do not say, I have found an acNve intercessor, And now I can challenge him whom I hate. Indeed, you cannot know the plans of God; You cannot perceive tomorrow. Sit yourself at the hands of God: Your tranquility will cause them to open. •  •  •  •  The most important Wisdom teaching is that of Amenemope The Pe66oners •  refer to themselves in the peniten'al prayers as “a poor, humble person.” No'on of humble religious attude and devo'on, not rela'ng to the personal richness. •  Term “the silent one” i...
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