They are synonymous indeed with the “vengeance” however, being a bit more formal and propending to having some , say divine transcendental qualities I think.
But I may be wrong of course.
Alas,these sinuous meanders of semantic consideration. This is what “we” actually do. Weltering “helplessly” in that billowy ocean of semiotic subtleties.:)
said he plunged pensively in thought…