|Wisdom 6 |
1 Wisdom is better than strength, and a wise person is better than a strong person.
2 Hear therefore, you kings, and understand; learn, you who are judges of the ends of the earth.
3 Give ear, you who rule the people and who please yourselves in multitudes of nations.
4 For power is given you by the Lord, and strength by the most High, who will examine your works, and search out your thoughts.
5 Because being ministers of his kingdom, you have not judged rightly, nor kept the law of justice, nor walked according to the will of God.
6 Horribly and speedily will God appear to you, for a most severe judgment shall be for those who bear rule.
7 For to him who is small, mercy is granted, but the mighty shall be mightily tormented.
8 For God will not exempt any person, neither will God stand in awe of anyone’s greatness, for God made the small and the great, and equally cares for all.
9 But a greater punishment is ready for the more mighty.
10 To you, therefore, O kings, are these my words, that you may learn wisdom, and not fall from it.
11 For those who have kept holiness things holy shall be justified, and those who have learned these things shall find what to answer.
12 Therefore covet my words and love them, and you shall have instruction.
13 Wisdom is glorious, and never fades away, and is easily seen by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.
14 She precedes those who covet her, so that she first shows herself unto them.
15 One who wakes early to seek her shall not labor, but will find her sitting at the door.1
16 To think therefore upon her, is perfect understanding; and whoever watches for her, shall quickly be secure.
17 For she goes about seeking such as are worthy of her, and she shows herself to them cheerfully in the ways, and meets them with all providence.
18 For the beginning of her is the truest desire of discipline. [A disciple is one who follows the teachings of his Teacher; a disciple is disciplined by his Teacher. Discipline — a system of rules of conduct or method of practice. You must obey the commands heard and the inner law to be a disciple of Christ; that is the cross. You must desire that discipline to receive it.]
19 And the care of discipline is love, and love is the keeping of her laws; and the keeping of her laws is the firm foundation of incorruptibility.
20 And incorruptibility brings near to God.
21 Therefore the desire of wisdom brings to the everlasting kingdom.
22 If then your delight is in thrones and scepters, O you kings of the people, love wisdom, that you may reign forever.
23 Love the light of wisdom, all you who bear rule over peoples.
24 But what wisdom is, and what was her origin, I will declare and I will not hide from you the mysteries of God, but will seek her out from the beginning of her birth, and bring the knowledge of her to light, and will not pass over the truth.
25 Neither will I go with consuming envy for such a person shall not be partaker of wisdom.
26 Now the multitude of the wise is the welfare of the whole world, and a wise king is the upholding of the people.
27 Receive therefore instruction by my words, and it shall be profitable to you.
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1 One who wakes early to seek her shall not labor, but will find her sitting at the door. "Wakes early" means get up in the early hours of the morning. The Lord will often awaken you between 2AM and 4AM; respond to his assistance by dragging yourself out of bed and waiting on him as soon as practical.
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