Bible Text & Cross-references:
An address to princes to seek after wisdom: she is easily
found by those that seek her.
1 Wisdom *is better than strength: and a wise man is better than a strong
2 Hear, therefore, ye kings, and understand, learn, ye that are judges
of the ends of the earth.
3 Give ear, you that rule the people, and that please yourselves in multitudes
4 *For power is given you by the Lord, and strength by the Most High, who
will examine your works: and search out your thoughts:
5 Because being ministers of his kingdom, you have not judged rightly,
nor kept the law of justice, nor walked according to the will of God.
6 Horribly and speedily will he appear to you: for a most severe judgment
shall be for them that bear rule.
7 For to him that is little, mercy is granted: but the mighty shall be
8 *For God will not except any man's person, neither will he stand in awe
of any man's greatness: for he made the little and the great, and he hath equally care of all.
9 But a greater punishment is ready for the more mighty.
10 To you, therefore, O kings, are these my words, that you may learn wisdom,
and not fall from it.
11 For they that have kept just things justly, shall be justified: and
they that have learned these things, shall find what to
12 Covet ye, therefore, my words, and love them, and you shall have instruction.
13 Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away, and is easily seen by them
that love her, and is found by them that seek her.
14 She preventeth them that covet her, so that she first sheweth herself
15 He that awaketh early to seek her, shall not labour: for he shall find
her sitting at his door.
16 To think, therefore, upon her, is perfect understanding: and he that
watcheth for her, shall quickly be secure.
17 For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, and she sheweth
herself to them cheerfully in the ways, and meeteth them with all providence.
18 For the beginning of her is the most true desire of discipline.
19 And the care of discipline is love: and love is the keeping of her laws:
and the keeping of her laws is the firm foundation of incorruption:
20 And incorruption bringeth near to God.
21 Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to the everlasting kingdom.
22 If then your delight be in thrones, and sceptres, O ye kings of the
people, love wisdom, that you may reign for ever.
23 Love the light of wisdom, all ye that bear rule over peoples.
24 Now what wisdom is, and what was her origin, I will declare: and I will
not hide from you the mysteries of God, but will seek her out from the beginning of her birth, and bring the knowledge of
her to light, and will not pass over the truth:
25 Neither will I go with consuming envy: for such a man shall not be partaker
26 Now the multitude of the wise is the welfare of the whole world: and
a wise king is the upholding of the people.
27 Receive, therefore, instruction by my words, and it shall be profitable
1: Ecclesiastes ix. 18.[16.?]
4: Romans xiii. 1.
8: Deuteronomy x. 17.; 2 Paralipomenon xix. 7.; Ecclesiasticus xxxv. 15.;
Acts x. 34.; Romans ii. 11.; Galatians ii. 6.; Ephesians vi. 9.; Colossians iii. 25.; 1 Peter i. 17.