CHAPTER 9 Solomon’s Prayer[U] 9 1[V] God of my ancestors, Lord of mercy, you who have made all things by your word 2And in your wisdom have established humankind to rule the creatures produced by you, 3And to govern the world in holiness and righteousness, and to render judgment in integrity of heart: 4Give me Wisdom, the consort at your throne, and do not reject me from among your children; 5For I am your servant, the child of your maidservant, a man weak and short–lived and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws. 6Indeed, though one be perfect among mortals, if Wisdom, who comes from you, be lacking, that one will count for nothing. 7You have chosen me king over your people and magistrate over your sons and daughters. 8You have bid me build a temple on your holy mountain and an altar in the city that is your dwelling place, a copy of the holy tabernacle which you had established from of old. 9Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your works and was present when you made the world; Who understands what is pleasing in your eyes and what is conformable with your commands. 10Send her forth from your holy heavens and from your glorious throne dispatch her That she may be with me and work with me, that I may know what is pleasing to you. 11For she knows and understands all things, and will guide me prudently in my affairs and safeguard me by her glory; 12Thus my deeds will be acceptable, and I will judge your people justly and be worthy of my father’s throne. 13For who knows God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? 14For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and uncertain our plans. 15[W] For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthly tent weighs down the mind with its many concerns. 16Scarcely can we guess the things on earth, and only with difficulty grasp what is at hand; but things in heaven, who can search them out? 17Or who can know your counsel, unless you give Wisdom and send your holy spirit from on high? 18[X] Thus were the paths of those on earth made straight, and people learned what pleases you, and were saved by Wisdom.
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