91O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word,
2And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made,
3And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart:
4Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:
5For 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.
6For 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.
7Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:
8Thou 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.
9And 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.
10O 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.
11For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
12So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father’s seat.
13For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is?
14For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain.
15For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.
16And 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?
17And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above?
18For 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.
101She preserved the first formed father of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his fall,
2And gave him power to rule all things.
3But when the unrighteous went away from her in his anger, he perished also in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.
4For whose cause the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous in a piece of wood of small value.
5Moreover, the nations in their wicked conspiracy being confounded, she found out the righteous, and preserved him blameless unto God, and kept him strong against his tender compassion toward his son.
6When the ungodly perished, she delivered the righteous man, who fled from the fire which fell down upon the five cities.
7Of whose wickedness even to this day the waste land that smoketh is a testimony, and plants bearing fruit that never come to ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an unbelieving soul.
8For regarding not wisdom, they gat not only this hurt, that they knew not the things which were good; but also left behind them to the world a memorial of their foolishness: so that in the things wherein they offended they could not so much as be hid.
9But wisdom delivered from pain those that attended upon her.
10When the righteous fled from his brother’s wrath she guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours.
11In the covetousness of such as oppressed him she stood by him, and made him rich.
12She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict she gave him the victory; that he might know that goodness is stronger than all.
13When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit,
14And left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory.
15She delivered the righteous people and blameless seed from the nation that oppressed them.
16She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs;
17Rendered to the righteous a reward of their labours, guided them in a marvellous way, and was unto them for a cover by day, and a light of stars in the night season;
18Brought them through the Red sea, and led them through much water:
19But she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of the bottom of the deep.
20Therefore the righteous spoiled the ungodly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, and magnified with one accord thine hand, that fought for them.
21For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of them that cannot speak eloquent.
111She prospered their works in the hand of the holy prophet.
2They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there lay no way.
3They stood against their enemies, and were avenged of their adversaries.
4When they were thirsty, they called upon thee, and water was given them out of the flinty rock, and their thirst was quenched out of the hard stone.
5For by what things their enemies were punished, by the same they in their need were benefited.
6For instead of a perpetual running river troubled with foul blood,
7For a manifest reproof of that commandment, whereby the infants were slain, thou gavest unto them abundance of water by a means which they hoped not for:
8Declaring by that thirst then how thou hadst punished their adversaries.
9For when they were tried albeit but in mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly were judged in wrath and tormented, thirsting in another manner than the just.
10For these thou didst admonish and try, as a father: but the other, as a severe king, thou didst condemn and punish.
11Whether they were absent or present, they were vexed alike.
12For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past.
13For when they heard by their own punishments the other to be benefited, they had some feeling of the Lord.
14For whom they respected with scorn, when he was long before thrown out at the casting forth of the infants, him in the end, when they saw what came to pass, they admired.
15But for the foolish devices of their wickedness, wherewith being deceived they worshipped serpents void of reason, and vile beasts, thou didst send a multitude of unreasonable beasts upon them for vengeance;
16That they might know, that wherewithal a man sinneth, by the same also shall he be punished.
17For thy Almighty hand, that made the world of matter without form, wanted not means to send among them a multitude of bears or fierce lions,
18Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, newly created, breathing out either a fiery vapour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes:
19Whereof not only the harm might dispatch them at once, but also the terrible sight utterly destroy them.
20Yea, and without these might they have fallen down with one blast, being persecuted of vengeance, and scattered abroad through the breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all things in measure and number and weight.
21For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm?
22For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth.
23But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend.
24For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it.
25And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee?
26But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls.