|Wisdom 9 |
1 God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who has made all things with your word,1 [In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and there was nothing made without him. John 1:1-3.]
2 and by your wisdom has appointed humankind, to have dominion over the creatures that were made by you,
3 and should order the world according to equity and justice, and execute justice with an upright heart.
4 Give me wisdom, that sits by your throne, and cast me not off from among your children.
5 For I am your servant, and the son of your handmaid, a weak man, and of short time, and falling short of the understanding of judgment and laws.
6 For if one is perfect among human beings, but your wisdom is not with a person, he or she shall be nothing regarded.
7 You have chosen me to be king of your people, and a judge of your sons and daughters.
8 And have commanded me to build a temple on your holy mount, and an altar in the city of your dwelling place, a resemblance of your holy tabernacle, which you have prepared from the beginning;
9 and your wisdom with you, which knows your works, which then also was present when you made the world, and knew what was agreeable to your eyes, and what was right in your commandments.
10 Send her out of your holy heaven, and from the throne of your majesty, that she may be with me, and may labor with me, that I may know what is acceptable with you.
11 For she knows and understands all things, and shall lead me soberly in my works, and shall preserve me by her power.
12 So shall my works be acceptable, and I shall govern your people justly, and shall be worthy of the throne of my father.
13 For who among humans can know the counsel of God? Or who can think what the will of God is?
14 For the thoughts of mortals are fearful, and our counsels uncertain.2
15 For the corruptible body is a load upon the soul, and the earthly habitation presses down the mind that muses upon many things.
16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth; and with labour do we find the things that are before us. But the things that are in heaven, who shall search out?
17 And who shall know your thought, unless you give wisdom, and send your Holy Spirit from above?
18 And so the ways of those who are upon earth may be corrected, and people may learn the things that please you.
19 For by wisdom they were healed, whoever has pleased you, O Lord, from the beginning.
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1 God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who has made all things with your word, Note, no other writing in the Old Testament states that all things were created by the word. Yet John and Hebrews clearly tells us the same. This verse alone testifies to the divine inspiration of The Book of Wisdom.
2 the thoughts of mortals are fearful, and our counsels uncertain. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [forsake] his thoughts;...
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:7-9. I have stretched out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2. From the Word of the Lord within: "At best, your thoughts are a vain hiss."
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