And ordereth all things well.
Solomon desired wisdom for a bride to assisi him both in public and private matters: but only God could give her.
And I sought to take her for my bride.
And I became enamoured of her beauty.
And the Sovereign Lord of all loved her.
And she chooseth out for him his works.
What is richer than wisdom, which worketh all things?
Who more than wisdom is an artificer of the things that are?
The fruits of wisdom’s labour are virtues,
For she teacheth self-control and understanding, righteousness, and courage;
And there is nothing in life for men more profitable than these.
She knoweth the things of old, and divineth the things to come:
She understandeth subtilties of speeches and interpretations of dark sayings:
She foreseeth signs and wonders, and the issues of seasons and times.
Knowing that she is one who would give me good thoughts for counsel,
And encourage me in cares and grief.
And honour in the sight of elders, though I be young.
And in the presence of princes I shall be admired.
And when I open my lips, they shall give heed unto me;
And leave behind an eternal memory to them that come after me.
And nations shall be subjected to me.
Among my people I shall show myself a good ruler, and in war courageous.
For converse with her hath no bitterness,
And to live with her hath no pain, but gladness and joy.
And took thought in my heart how that in kinship unto wisdom is immortality,
And in the labours of her hands is wealth that faileth not,
And in assiduous communing with her is understanding,
And great renown in having fellowship with her words,
I went about seeking how to take her unto myself.
I pleaded with the Lord and besought him,
And with my whole heart I said,
He prays to God for this gift, pleading his own human weakness and the greatness of his task.
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