Solomon asked, and God gave him the spirit of wisdom. Like Plato, he was in love with wisdom.
The Book of Wisdom is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
VERSE 1. But she reaches from one end to the other with full strength, and orders all things well.
I loved her. Solomon is in love with wisdom.
I … sought her from my youth. Even when he was a child, Solomon prized wisdom.
for my bride. Solomon saw wisdom as his spouse.
VERSE 3. She glorifies her noble birth by living with God. The Sovereign Lord of all loves her.
VERSE 4. For she is initiated into the knowledge of God, and she chooses his works.
VERSE 5. But if riches are a desired possession in life, what is richer than wisdom, which makes all things?
VERSE 6. And if understanding works, who more than wisdom is an architect of the things that exist?
VERSE 7. If a man loves righteousness, the fruits of wisdom’s labor are virtues, for she teaches soberness, understanding, righteousness, and courage. There is nothing in life more profitable for people than these.
VERSE 8. And if anyone longs for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come. She understands subtleties of speeches and interpretations of dark sayings. She foresees signs and wonders, and the issues of seasons and times.
she knows the things of old. A wise person knows the facts of history, and is not doomed to repeat previous mistakes.
infers the things to come. A wise person can intuit what will be happening in the future.
take her to live with me. Solomon wanted to take wisdom to share his life.
give me good counsel. He saw wisdom as his counsellor during times of prosperity.
encourage me in cares and grief. He saw wisdom as his comfort during times of cares and sorrow.
VERSE 10. Because of her, I will have glory among multitudes, and honor in the sight of elders, though I am young.
VERSE 11. I will be found keen when I give judgement. I will be admired in the presence of rulers.
VERSE 12. When I am silent, they will wait for me. When I open my lips, they will heed what I say. If I continue speaking, they will put their hands on their mouths.
VERSE 13. Because of her, I will have immortality, and leave behind an eternal memory to those who come after me.
VERSE 14. I will govern peoples. Nations will be subjected to me.
VERSE 15. Dreaded monarchs will fear me when they hear of me. Among the people, I will show myself to be good, and courageous in war.
VERSE 16. When I come into my house, I will find rest with her. For conversation with her has no bitterness, and living with her has no pain, but gladness and joy.
VERSE 17. When I considered these things in myself, and thought in my heart how immortality is in kinship to wisdom,
VERSE 18. and in her friendship is good delight, and in the labors of her hands is wealth that doesn’t fail, and understanding is in her companionship, and great renown in having fellowship with her words, I went about seeking how to take her to myself.
a clever child. Solomon was a boy of happy disposition. Like all children, he was an innocent soul.
VERSE 20. Or rather, being good, I came into an undefiled body.
VERSE 21. But perceiving that I could not otherwise possess wisdom unless God gave her to me—yes, and to know and understand by whom the grace is given— I pleaded with the Lord and implored him, and with my whole heart I said,
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