(The words of King Solomon)
|Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me:
and I called upon God, and the Spirit of Wisdom came upon me:
and I preferred Her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches as nothing in comparison of Her. Neither did I compare unto Her any precious stone: for all gold in comparison of Her, is as a little sand, and silver in respect to Her shall be I loved Her above health and beauty, and chose to have Her instead of light: for Her light cannot be put out. Now all good things came to me together with Her, and innumerable riches through Her hands, and I rejoiced in all these: for this Wisdom went before me, and I knew not that She was the Mother of them all. Which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and Her riches I hide not. For She is an infinite treasure to men, which they that use, become the friends of God, being commended for the gift of discipline. And God has given to me to speak as I would, and to conceive thoughts worthy of those things that are given me: because He is the guide of Wisdom, and the director of the wise: for in His hand are both we, and our words, and all Wisdom, and the knowledge and skill of works.
For He has given me the true knowledge of the things that are:
to know the disposition of the whole world, and the virtues of the elements,
the beginning, and ending, and midst of the times, the alterations of their courses,
and the changes of seasons, the revolutions of the year, and the dispositions of the stars,
the natures of living creatures, and rage of wild beasts, the force of winds, and reasonings of men,
the diversities of plants, and the virtues of roots, and all such things as are hid and not foreseen,
I have learned: for Wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me.For in Her is the Spirit of Understanding:
Holy, One, manifold, subtile, eloquent, active, undefiled, sure, sweet,
loving that which is good, quick, which nothing hinders, beneficent, gentle, kind, steadfast, assured,
secure, having all power, overseeing all things, and containing all spirits, intelligible, pure, subtile.
For Wisdom is more active than all active things: and reaches everywhere by reason of Her purity.
For She is a vapour of the power of God, and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the almighty God: and therefore no defiled thing comes into Her. For She is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of his goodness. And being but One, She can do all things: and remaining in Herself the same, She renews all things, and through nations conveys Herself into holy souls, She makes the friends of God and prophets. For She is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of the stars:
being compared with the light, She is found before it. For after this comes night, but no evil can overcome Wisdom. She reaches therefore from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly.Her have I loved, and have sought Her out from my youth, and have desired to take Her for my spouse, and I became a lover of Her beauty. She glorifies Her nobility by being conversant with God: yes and the Lord of all things has loved Her.
For it is She that teaches the knowledge of God, and is the chooser of His works.
And if riches be desired in life, what is richer than Wisdom, which makes all things?
And if sense do work: who is a more artful worker than She of those things that are?
And if a man love justice: Her labours have great virtues; for She teaches temperance,
and prudence, justice, fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in life.How blessed is the man who finds Wisdom and the man who gains understanding.
For Her profit is better than the profit of silver and Her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with Her.
Long life is in Her right hand; in Her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways and all Her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of Her, and happy are all who hold Her fast.
The Lord by Wisdom founded the earth, by Understanding He established the heavens.
By His knowledge the deeps were broken up and the skies drip with dew.My child, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion,
So they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake Her, and She will guard you; love Her, and She will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire Wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get Understanding.
Does not Wisdom call, and understanding lift up Her voice?
Wisdom has built Her house,
To him who lacks understanding She says,
From Chapter 7 and 8 of the Wisdom of Solomon, [Apocrypha], and
Chapters 1, 3, 4, 8 and 9 of the Book of Proverbs, Old Testament, Holy Bible.