Wisdom of Solomon 8

Geneva(i) 1 She also reacheth from one end to another mightily, and comely doeth she order all things. 2 I haue loued her, & sought her fro my youth: I desired to marry her, such loue had I vnto her beauty. 3 In that she is conuersant with God, it comendeth her nobilitie: yea, the Lord of all things loueth her. 4 For she is the scholemystres of the knowledge of God, and the choser out of his workes. 5 If riches be a possessio to be desired in this life, what is richer then wisdom, that worketh all things? 6 For if prudencie worketh, what is it among all things, that worketh better then she? 7 If a man loue righteousnes, her labours are vertuous: for she teacheth sobernes and prudencie, righteousnes and strength, which are the most profitable things that men can haue in this life. 8 If a man desire great experience, she can tell the things that are past, & discerne things to come: she knoweth the subtilties of wordes, and the solution of darke sentences: she foreseeth the signes and wonders, or euer they come to passe, and the successe of seasons and times. 9 Therefore I purposed to take her vnto my companie, knowing that shee would counsell mee good things, and comfort me in cares and griefes. 10 For her sake shall I haue glorie among the multitude, and honour among the Elders though I be yong. 11 I shalbe founde of sharpe iudgement, so that I shalbe marueilous in the sight of great men. 12 When I hold my tongue, they shall abide my leysure: when I speake, they shall heare diligently,and if I talke much, they shall lay their hands vpon their mouth. 13 Moreouer, by her I shall obtaine immortalitie, & leaue an euerlasting memoriall among them that come after me. 14 I shall gouerne the people, and the nations shalbe subdued vnto me. 15 Horrible tyrants shalbe afraide when they heare me: among the multitude I shalbe counted good, and mightie in battell. 16 When I come home, I shall rest with her: for her company hath no bitternes, and her felowship hath no tediousnes, but mirth and ioy. 17 Now when I considered these things by my selfe, and pondred them in mine heart, how that to be ioyned vnto wisdome is immortalitie, 18 And great pleasure is in her friendship, and that in the workes of her hands are infinite riches, and that in the exercise of talking with her is prudencie, and glory by communing with her, I went about, seeking how I might take her vnto me. 19 For I was a wittie childe, and was of a good spirite. 20 Yea, rather being good, I came to an vndefiled body. 21 Neuertheles, when I perceiued that I could not enioy her, except God gaue her (and that was a point of wisdome also, to know whose gift it was) I went vnto the Lord, and besought him, and with my whole heart I sayd,