5 my grandfather Jesus, having given himself much to the reading of the Law and the Prophets and the other books of our fathers, and having acquired considerable familiarity therein, was induced also himself to take a part in writing somewhat pertaining to instruction and wisdom, in order that those who are lovers of learning and instructed inb these things cmight make so much the more progressc by a manner of life (lived) din accordance with the Lawd. Ye are entreated, therefore, 10 to make your perusal with favour and attention, and to be indulgent, if in any parts of what we have laboured to interpret we may seem to fail in some of the phrases. For things originally spoken in Hebrew have not the same force in them when they are translated into another tongue: and not only these, but the Law itself, and the Prophecies, and the rest of the books, have no small difference when they are spoken in their original form. Nowe, in the eight and thirtieth year under king Euergetes, 15 having come into Egypt and continued there, I found opportunityf for no small instruction. I, therefore, deemed it most necessary myself to devote some zeal and ‘love-labour’ to (the task of) interpreting this book; devoting, indeed, much sleepless care and skill in the interval in order, having broughtg the book to an end, to publish it for them also who in the land of their sojourning desire to be lovers of learning, 20 being already prepared in respect of their moral culture to live hby the Lawh.
(a) 1:1–10. The Origin of Wisdom
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G 1 1 All wisdom cometh from the Lord,
And is with Him for ever.
G 3 The height of the heaven, and the breadth of the earth,
And prudent insight from everlasting.b
The Lordg sitting upon His throne;
And poured her out upon all His works;
But without measure doth He grant her to them that love Him.i
(b) 1:11–20. The Fear of the Lord is the true Wisdom
G 11 The fear of the Lord is glory and exultation,
And she satiateth men with vher fruits.
And her garners with her producex.
And her branches are length of dayse.
(c) 1:22–30. Wisdom is shown forth by the exercise of patience, self-control, and humility
And afterwards joy springeth up for him.
But godliness is an abomination to sinnersg.
And the Lord will give her freely unto thee.
And approach it not with a double heart.
And take good heed to thy lips.
And bring disgrace upon thyselfp,
And cast thee down in the midst of the assembly,
Because thou camest notr unto the fear of the Lord,
And thy heart was full of deceits.
(d) 2:1–6. On Faithfulness to God and Resignation to His Will
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