|8||Wisdom of Solomon||Reference|
|She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, |
and she orders all things well.
|I loved her and sought her from my youth, |
and I desired to take her for my bride,
and I became enamored of her beauty.
|Solomon's love of Wisdom. Wis.8.2-21|
|She glorifies her noble birth by living with God, |
and the Lord of all loves her.
|For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God, |
and an associate in his works.
|If riches are a desirable possession in life, |
what is richer than wisdom who effects all things?
|And if understanding is effective, |
who more than she is fashioner of what exists?
|And if any one loves righteousness, |
her labors are virtues;
for she teaches self-control and prudence,
justice and courage;
nothing in life is more profitable for men than these.
|And if any one longs for wide experience, |
she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come;
she understands turns of speech and the solutions of riddles;
she has foreknowledge of signs and wonders
and of the outcome of seasons and times.
|Therefore I determined to take her to live with me, |
knowing that she would give me good counsel
and encouragement in cares and grief.
|Because of her I shall have glory among the multitudes |
and honor in the presence of the elders, though I am young.
|I shall be found keen in judgment, |
and in the sight of rulers I shall be admired.
|When I am silent they will wait for me, |
and when I speak they will give heed;
and when I speak at greater length
they will put their hands on their mouths.
|Because of her I shall have immortality, |
and leave an everlasting remembrance to those who come after me.
|I shall govern peoples, and nations will be subject to me;|
|dread monarchs will be afraid of me when they hear of me; |
among the people I shall show myself capable, and courageous in war.
|When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her, |
for companionship with her has no bitterness,
and life with her has no pain,
but gladness and joy.
|When I considered these things inwardly, |
and thought upon them in my mind,
that in kinship with wisdom there is immortality,
|and in friendship with her, pure delight, |
and in the labors of her hands, unfailing wealth,
and in the experience of her company, understanding,
and renown in sharing her words,
I went about seeking how to get her for myself.
|As a child I was by nature well endowed, |
and a good soul fell to my lot;
|or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body.|
|But I perceived that I would not possess wisdom unless God gave her to me - |
and it was a mark of insight to know whose gift she was -
so I appealed to the Lord and besought him,
and with my whole heart I said:
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