And am sprung from one born of the earth, the man first formed,
Being compacted in blood of the seed of man and pleasure that came with sleep.
And fell upon the kindred earth,
Uttering, like all, for my first voice, the self-same wail:
I called upon God, and there came to me a spirit of wisdom.
The value of wisdom.
And riches I esteemed nothing in comparison of her.
Because all the gold of the earth in her sight is but a little sand,
And silver shall be accounted as clay before her.
And I chose to have her rather than light,
Because her bright shining is never laid to sleep.
And in her hands innumerable riches:
Though I knew not that she was the mother of them.
I do not hide her riches.
And they that use it obtain friendship with God,
Commended to him by the gifts which come through discipline.
Solomon’s own great knowledge came from this gift of wisdom.
And to conceive thoughts worthy of what hath been given me;
Because himself is one that guideth even wisdom and correcteth the wise.
All understanding, and all acquaintance with divers crafts.
To know the constitution of the world, and the operation of the elements;
The alternations of the solstices and the changes of seasons,
The powers of spirits and the thoughts of men,
The diversities of plants and the virtues of roots:
The attributes of wisdom: her source: her activity.
For there is in her a spirit quick of understanding, holy,
Alone in kind, manifold,
Subtil, freely moving,
Distinct, that cannot be harmed,
Loving what is good, keen, unhindered,
Steadfast, sure, free from care,
And penetrating through all spirits
That are quick of understanding, pure, subtil:
Yea, she pervadeth and penetrateth all things by reason of her pureness.
And a clear effluence of the glory of the Almighty;
Therefore can nothing defiled find entrance into her.
And an unspotted mirror of the working of God,
And an image of his goodness.
And remaining in herself, reneweth all things:
And from generation to generation passing into holy souls
She maketh them friends of God and prophets.
And above all the constellations of the stars:
Being compared with light, she is found to be before it;
But against wisdom evil doth not prevail;