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Wisdom of Solomon 9

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Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
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1 Merciful Lord God
9.1-18 1K 3.6-9; Ws 7.7.
of my ancestors,
you created everything
by your word.
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1 O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word,
2 And by your Wisdom,
you let us humans rule
all other creatures.
2 And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made,
3 We are to be honest and fair
in every decision,
3 And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart:
4 so share with me the Wisdom
that sits beside your throne,
and let me be a child of yours.
4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:
5 My mother was your servant,
and so am I—a mere human
whose life is short.
I understand only a little
about laws and judgments,
5 For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws.
6 because even a perfect human
is really nothing
without Wisdom from you.
6 For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded.

7 You have chosen me to rule
and judge your people.
7 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:
8 and here, on your holy mountain
in the city where you live,
you have commanded me to build
an altar and a temple,
just like that sacred temple
you made at the beginning.
j 9.8 temple ... beginning: Either a reference to Exodus 25.9,40, where God commands Moses to build the temple according to the plan that he had given Moses, or to the Jewish teaching that the temple was present before the world was created.
8 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.

9 Wisdom has always been with you.
She knows your mighty deeds,
and she was there
when you created the world.
Wisdom knows what pleases you,
and she knows what is right
according to your commands.
9 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.
10 So from your glorious and holy
throne in the heavens,
please send Wisdom
to work beside me and teach me
what is pleasing to you.
10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.

11 Wisdom will guide me
in all that I do,
and her glory will guard me,
because she knows everything.
11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
12 Then you will approve my actions,
and I will rule your people
with fairness,
which will show that I am worthy
to succeed my father as king.
12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat.

13 No one can know what you,
the Lord God,
demand of us humans—
13 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is?
14 our reasoning is faulty,
and our schemes often fail,
14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain.
15 because our mortal bodies
are merely earthly tents
that burden down our souls
and our anxious minds.
15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.
16 We struggle and know so little
about things here on earth.
How could we possibly learn
about things in heaven?
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 hath searched out?
17 Who has known your thoughts
before you gave them Wisdom
and your Holy Spirit?
17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above?
18 Then they found the right path;
they learned what pleased you
and were saved by Wisdom.
18 For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom.

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