And delivered him out of his transgression,
He perished himself in the rage wherewith he slew his brother.
Wisdom again saved it,
Guiding the righteous man’s course by a poor piece of wood.
Wisdom knew the righteous man, and preserved him blameless unto God,
And kept him strong when his heart yearned toward his child.
When he fled from the fire that descended out of heaven on Pentapolis.
And plants bearing fair fruit that cometh not to ripeness;
Not only were they disabled from recognizing the things which are good,
But they also left behind them for human life a monument of their folly;
So that wherein they had offended could not but be known:
She showed him God’s kingdom, and gave him knowledge of holy things;
She prospered him in his toils, and multiplied the fruits of his labour;
She stood by him and made him rich;
And from those that lay in wait she kept him safe,
And in his sore conflict she guided him to victory,
That he might know that godliness is more powerful than all.
But from sin she delivered him;
She went down with him into a dungeon,
Till she brought him the sceptre of a kingdom,
And authority over those that dealt tyrannously with him;
She showed them also to be false that had accused him,
And gave him eternal glory.
And withstood terrible kings in wonders and signs.
She guided them along a marvellous way,
And became unto them a covering in the daytime,
And a light of stars through the night.
And led them through much water;
And out of the bottom of the deep she cast them up
And they sang praise to thy holy name, O Lord,
And extolled with one accord thy hand that fought for them:
And made the tongues of babes to speak clearly.
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