Wisdom of Solomon 8
At Home with Wisdom
1 Wisdom stretches out from one end of the earth to the other, And she governs all things well.†
2 I loved her and sought her from my youth, And desired to take her as a bride for myself; And I became a lover of her beauty.
3 She glorifies her noble birth by living with God, And the Master of all loves her.
4 For she is the initiate of the knowledge of God And one who chooses His works.†
5 Now if riches are a possession to be desired in life, What is richer than wisdom, who works all things?
6 And if discernment shows itself in action, Who more than wisdom is its craftsman?
7 If anyone loves righteousness, The products of righteousness are the virtues. For wisdom teaches self-control, discernment, righteousness and courage, Concerning which things there is nothing more valuable in the life of man.†
8 But also, if anyone longs for great experience, She knows the things of old and portrays the things to come; She understands subtlety of words and the solution of riddles; She has foreknowledge of signs and wonders And the outcomes of times and seasons.†
9 Therefore I decided to take her to live with me, Knowing she would give me good counsel And encouragement in cares and sorrows.
10 Because of her I will have glory among the multitudes And honor in the presence of the elders, though I am young.†
11 I will be found keen in judgment And be admired in the sight of rulers.
12 When I am silent, they will wait for me, And when I speak, they will give heed to me; And when I speak longer, They will put their hand over their mouth.
13 I will have immortality because of her And will leave an eternal remembrance For those who exist after me.
14 I shall govern peoples, And nations will be subject to me.†
15 Dread tyrants shall be afraid of me when they hear of me; Among the people I will show myself To be good and courageous in war.
16 When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her, For association with her has no bitterness, Neither does living with her have any sorrow, But only gladness and joy.
17 When I considered these things within myself And thought about them in my heart, That in kinship with wisdom there is immortality,
18 And in friendship with her there is good pleasure, And in the labors of her hands there is unfailing wealth, And in the shared training of her company there is discernment, And in the fellowship of her words there is good repute— Thus I searched about that I might take her for myself.
19 As a child I was good by nature and received a good soul;†
20 And much more, since I was good, I entered an undefiled body.
21 Yet I knew otherwise that I would not be self-controlled Unless God gave me wisdom, And that it was a mark of discernment To know whose gift she was—† So I entreated the Lord and besought Him, And with all my heart, I said:
1 A praise by David. †I shall exalt You, my God and my King, And I shall bless Your name forever and unto ages of ages.
2 Every day I shall bless You And praise Your name forever and unto ages of ages.
3 Great is the Lord and exceedingly praiseworthy, And His greatness has no limit.
4 Generation and generation shall praise Your works, And they shall declare Your power.
5 They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of Your holiness, And they shall describe Your wonders.
6 They shall also speak of the power of Your awesome deeds And describe Your great majesty.
7 They shall overflow with the memory of Your rich goodness, And shall greatly rejoice in Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are upon all His works.
Proverbs of Solomon 30
31 There are three things which walk easily, And a fourth that strides well:
32 The cub of a lion, stronger than other animals And does not turn away, neither fears any animal;
33 A cock, walking about boldly among the hens; A he-goat, leading a flock; And a king, speaking publicly to the people.
34 If you abandon yourself to merriment And stretch forth your hand with contention, you will be dishonored.
35 Churn milk, and it will become butter; And if you squeeze someone’s nose, blood will come out; And if you draw out words, condemnations and contentions will emerge.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
23 “Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian.
25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
26 And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?’
27 But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?’
29 Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.
30 “And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai.†
31 When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice of the Lord came to him,
32 saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.
33 ‘Then the Lord said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. †
34 I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.” ’
35 “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush.
36 He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 “This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’
38 “This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us,†
39 whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,
40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’
41 And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: ‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of your god Remphan, Images which you made to worship; And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’