1 I, too, am a mortal man like others, a descendant of the first human being formed from clay. My flesh was molded in a mothers womb
3 Once born, I breathed the air com mon to everyone
4 I was nourished, cared for and wrapped in swaddling clothes
I prayed and wisdom was given to me
:B:7 I prayed and understanding was given to me
8 I preferred her to scepters and thrones and I considered wealth as nothing compared with her.
9 I preferred her to any jewel of inestimable value, since gold beside her is nothing but a few grains of sand, and silver but mud. 10 I loved her more than wealth and beauty and even preferred her to light, because her radiance never dies.
11 She brought with her all other good things, untold riches in her hands. 12 I rejoiced at all that came with Wisdom without knowing she was their mother.
13 What I learned without self-interest I share freely and with no desire to conceal her value
15 May God grant me to speak with discernment and reflect in a way worthy of the gifts I have received, for he is the guide of Wisdom and the corrector of the wise. 16 For we are in Gods hands, we ourselves, our words, our understanding and technical knowledge.
17 He, in fact, has given me true knowledge of what is, of the world and the properties of the elements
The reflection of eternal light
:B:21 I have come to know everything we see and everything hidden, 22 because Wisdom, who designed them all, taught me.
22 In her is a spirit that is intelligent, saintly, unique, manifold, sub tle, active, concise, pure and lu cid. It cannot corrupt, loves what is good and nothing can restrain it
24 Wisdom, in fact, surpasses in mo bility all that moves, and being so pure pervades and permeates all things.
25 She is a breath of the power of God, a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty
27 She is but one, yet Wisdom can do all things and, herself unchanging, she renews all things. She enters holy souls, making them prophets and friends of God, 28 for God loves only those who live with Wisdom.
29 She is indeed more beautiful than the sun and surpasses all the constellations