|7||Wisdom of Solomon||Reference|
|I also am mortal, like all men, |
a descendant of the first-formed child of earth;
and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh,
|Solomon's wisdom. Wis.7.1-22|
|within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, |
from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage.
|And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air, |
and fell upon the kindred earth,
and my first sound was a cry, like that of all.
|I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths.|
|For no king has had a different beginning of existence;|
|there is for all mankind one entrance into life, and a common departure.|
|Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; |
I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
|I preferred her to scepters and thrones, |
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
|Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, |
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
|I loved her more than health and beauty, |
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases.
|All good things came to me along with her, |
and in her hands uncounted wealth.
|I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; |
but I did not know that she was their mother.
|I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; |
I do not hide her wealth,
|for it is an unfailing treasure for men; |
those who get it obtain friendship with God,
commended for the gifts that come from instruction.
|May God grant that I speak with judgment |
and have thought worthy of what I have received,
for he is the guide even of wisdom
and the corrector of the wise.
|For both we and our words are in his hand, |
as are all understanding and skill in crafts.
|For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, |
to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;
|the beginning and end and middle of times, |
the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,
|the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,|
|the natures of animals and the tempers of wild beasts, |
the powers of spirits and the reasonings of men,
the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;
|I learned both what is secret and what is manifest, |
for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.
|For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, |
holy, unique, manifold,
subtle, mobile, clear,
unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible,
|The nature of Wisdom. Wis.7.22-8.1|
|beneficent, humane, steadfast, |
sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful,
overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
|For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; |
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
|For she is a breath of the power of God, |
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
|For she is a reflection of eternal light, |
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
|Though she is but one, she can do all things, |
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
|for God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom.|
|For she is more beautiful than the sun, |
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
|for it is succeeded by the night, |
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
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