Wisdom 6

 1 Wisdom is better than power, and a prudent man is better than a powerful one 2 Therefore, hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you judges of the ends of the earth 3 Listen closely, you who hold the attention of the crowds, and who please yourselves by disturbing the nations 4 For power has been given to you from the Lord and strength from the Most High, who will examine your works and scrutinize your thoughts 5 For, when you were ministers of his kingdom, you did not judge correctly, nor keep the law of justice, nor walk according to the will of God 6 Horribly and quickly he will appear to you, because he will make a severe judgment for those who are in charge 7 For, to the little, great mercy is granted, but the powerful will endure powerful torment 8 For the Lord will not exempt anyone’s character, nor will he stand in awe of anyone’s greatness, because he himself made the little and the great, and he is equally concerned for everyone 9 But a powerful torture pursues the powerful 10 Therefore, O kings, these, my words, are for you, so that you may learn wisdom and not perish 11 For those who have justly preserved justice will be justified, and those who have learned these things will find what to answer 12 Therefore, desire my words, love them, and you will have instruction 13 Wisdom is pure and never fades away, and is easily seen by those who love her and found by those who seek her 14 She anticipates those who desire her, so that she first reveals herself to them 15 Whoever awakens early to seek her, will not labor, for he will find her sitting at his door 16 Therefore, by thinking about her, understanding is perfected, and whoever remains watchful for her, will quickly be secure 17 For she goes about seeking such as are worthy of her, and she reveals herself to them cheerfully in the ways, and meets them with all foresight 18 For the very true beginning of her is the desire for instruction 19 Therefore, the zeal for instruction is love, and love is the keeping of her laws, and the keeping of her laws is the perfection of incorruptibility 20 while incorruptibility makes us near to God 21 And so, the desire for wisdom leads to an everlasting kingdom 22 If, therefore, your delight is in thrones and scepters, O kings of the people, love wisdom, so that you may reign forever 23 love the light of wisdom, all you who lead the peoples 24 But what wisdom is, and how she was made, I will report, and I will not hide the mysteries of God from you, but I will investigate her from the beginning of her birth, and I will place the knowledge of her in the light, and will not pass over the truth 25 Neither will I hold to the path that dwindles away with envy, because such a man will not partake in wisdom 26 For the proliferation of the wise is sanity for the world, and a wise king is the mainstay of the people 27 Therefore, receive instruction by my words, and it will benefit you