Within Wisdom is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, active, incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, sharp, irresistible, beneficent, loving to man, steadfast, dependable, unperturbed, almighty, all-surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure, and subtle spirits; for Wisdom is more mobile than any motion; she is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things.

She is a breath of the power of God, pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; hence nothing impure can find a way into her.

She is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God’s active power, image of his goodness.

Although alone, she can do all; herself unchanging, she makes all things new.

In each generation she passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets; for God loves the man who lives with Wisdom.

She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first place, for light must yield to night, but over Wisdom, darkness can never triumph.

She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things for good.

Her I loved and sought after from my youth; I sought to take her for my bride and was enamoured of her beauty.

She glorifies her noble birth by living with God; and the Lord of all loves her.

For she is instructress in the understanding of God; and an associate in his works.

And if riches be a desirable possession in life, what is more rich than Wisdom, who produces all things?

Therefore I determined to take her to live with me.

~ From: The Book of Wisdom (7:22 – 8:5). Thought to be written in the 1st or 2nd cent. BCE, by an author unknown.

Wisdom: a Reflection of Eternal Light

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