1 All wisdom comes from the Master,
And is with him forever.
2 The sand of the seas, and the drops of rain,
And the days of eternity, who shall number?
3 The height of the heaven, and the breadth of the earth,
And the deep, and wisdom, who shall search them out?
4 Wisdom has been created before all things,
And the understanding of prudence from everlasting. 5 * Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
6 To whom has the root of wisdom been revealed?
And who has known her shrewd counsels? 7 � Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
8 There is one wise, greatly to be feared,
The Master sitting upon his throne:
9 He created her,
And saw, and numbered her,
And poured her out upon all his works.
10 She is with all flesh according to his gift;
And he gave her freely to them that love him.
11 The fear of the Master is glory, and exultation,
And gladness, and a crown of rejoicing.
12 The fear of the Master shall delight the heart,
And shall give gladness, and joy, and length of days.
13 Whoso fears the Master, it shall go well with him at the last,
And in the day of his death he shall be blessed.
14 To fear the Master is the beginning of wisdom;
And it was created together with the faithful in the womb.
15 With men she � Gr. nested. laid an eternal foundation;
And with their seed shall she be had in trust.
16 To fear the Master is the fulness of wisdom;
And she satiateth men with her fruits.
17 She shall fill all her house with desirable things,
And her garners with her produce.
18 The fear of the Master is the crown of wisdom,
Making peace and � Gr. health of cure. perfect health to flourish. ** The remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.
19 He both saw and numbered her;
He rained down skill and knowledge of understanding,
And exalted the honor of them that hold her fast.
20 To fear the Master is the root of wisdom;
And her branches are length of days. 21 �� Verse 21 is omitted by the best authorities.
22 Unjust wrath can never be justified;
For the sway of his wrath is his downfall.
23 A man that is longsuffering will �� Most authorities read resist. bear �� Or, until his season for a season,
And afterward gladness shall spring up to him;
24 He will hide his words *** Or, until his season for a season,
And the lips of many shall tell forth his understanding.
25 A parable of knowledge is in the treasures of wisdom;
But godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
26 If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments,
And the Master shall give her to you freely:
27 For the fear of the Master is wisdom and instruction;
And in faith and meekness is his good pleasure.
28 Disobey not the fear of the Master ��� The remainder of this line is omitted by the best authorities. ;
And come not to him with a double heart.
29 Be not a hypocrite in the mouths of men;
And take good heed to your lips.
30 Exalt not yourself, lest you fall,
And bring dishonor upon your soul;
And so the Master shall reveal your secrets,
And shall cast you down in the midst of the congregation;
Because you came not to the fear of the Master,
And your heart was full of deceit.
***19:22: Or, a like work The word is of very doubtful meaning.
*1:5: Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
�1:7: Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
�1:15: Gr. nested.
�1:18: Gr. health of cure.
**1:18: The remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.
��1:21: Verse 21 is omitted by the best authorities.
��1:23: Most authorities read resist.
��1:23: Or, until his season
***1:24: Or, until his season
���1:28: The remainder of this line is omitted by the best authorities.