|10||Wisdom of Solomon||Reference|
|Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the world, |
when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
|and gave him strength to rule all things.|
|But when an unrighteous man departed from her in his anger, |
he perished because in rage he slew his brother.
|When the earth was flooded because of him, wisdom again saved it, |
steering the righteous man by a paltry piece of wood.
|Wisdom also, when the nations in wicked agreement had been confounded, |
recognized the righteous man and preserved him blameless before God,
and kept him strong in the face of his compassion for his child.
|Wisdom rescued a righteous man when the ungodly were perishing; |
he escaped the fire that descended on the Five Cities.
|Evidence of their wickedness still remains: |
a continually smoking wasteland,
plants bearing fruit that does not ripen,
and a pillar of salt standing as a monument to an unbelieving soul.
|For because they passed wisdom by, |
they not only were hindered from recognizing the good,
but also left for mankind a reminder of their folly,
so that their failures could never go unnoticed.
|Wisdom rescued from troubles those who served her.|
|When a righteous man fled from his brother's wrath, |
she guided him on straight paths;
she showed him the kingdom of God,
and gave him knowledge of angels;
she prospered him in his labors,
and increased the fruit of his toil.
|When his oppressors were covetous, |
she stood by him and made him rich.
|She protected him from his enemies, |
and kept him safe from those who lay in wait for him;
in his arduous contest she gave him the victory,
so that he might learn that godliness is more powerful than anything.
|When a righteous man was sold, wisdom did not desert him, |
but delivered him from sin.
She descended with him into the dungeon,
|and when he was in prison she did not leave him, |
until she brought him the scepter of a kingdom and authority over his masters.
Those who accused him she showed to be false,
and she gave him everlasting honor.
|A holy people and blameless race wisdom delivered from a nation of oppressors.||The Exodus. Wis.10.15-21|
|She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord, |
and withstood dread kings with wonders and signs.
|She gave holy men the reward of their labors; |
she guided them along a marvelous way,
and became a shelter to them by day,
and a starry flame through the night.
|She brought them over the Red Sea, |
and led them through deep waters;
|but she drowned their enemies, |
and cast them up from the depth of the sea.
|Therefore the righteous plundered the ungodly; |
they sang hymns, O Lord, to thy holy name,
and praised with one accord thy defending hand,
|because wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, |
and made the tongues of babes speak clearly.
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