The Wisdom of Solomon
1 – I myself also am a mortal man, like all others, and of the race of him, that was first made of the earth, and in the womb of my mother I was fashioned to be flesh.
2 – In the time of ten months I was compacted in blood, of the seed of man, and the pleasure of sleep concurring.
3 – And being born I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, that is made alike, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do.
4 – I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and with great cares.
5 – For none of the kings had any other beginning of birth.
6 – For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out.
7 – Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me:
8 – And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her.
9 – 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 counted as clay.
10 – I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out.
11 – Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands,
12 – And I rejoiced in all these: for this wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all.
13 – Which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and her riches I hide not.
14 – For she is an infinite treasure to men! which they that use, become the friends of God, being commended for the gift of discipline.
15 – And God hath 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:
16 – For in his hand are both we, and our words, and all wisdom, and the knowledge and skill of works.
17 – For he hath given me the true knowledge of the things that are: to know the disposition of the whole world, and the virtues of the elements,
18 – The beginning, and ending, and midst of the times, the alterations of their courses, and the changes of seasons,
19 – The revolutions of the year, and the dispositions of the stars,
20 – 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,
21 – And all such things as are hid and not foreseen, I have learned: for wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me.
22 – 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 hindereth, beneficent,
23 – Gentle, kind, steadfast, assured, secure, having all power, overseeing all things, and containing all spirits, intelligible, pure, subtile.
24 – For wisdom is more active than all active things: and reacheth everywhere by reason of her purity.
25 – 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 cometh into her.
26 – For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of his goodness.
27 – And being but one, she can do all things: and remaining in herself the same, she reneweth all things, and through nations conveyeth herself into holy souls, she maketh the friends of God and prophets.
28 – For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom.
29 – 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.
30 – For after this cometh night, but no evil can overcome wisdom.
The Catholic Bible Online. Scriptures are from The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible 1582-1610 a.d. Version In the Public Domain. The Douay Rheims Bible is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English undertaken by members of the English College, Douai in the service of the Catholic Church.