Solomon is mortal like everyone else. He asked, and God gave him the spirit of wisdom.
The Book of Wisdom is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
one formed first and born. That is, Adam.
ten months in my mother’s womb. In those days people said human pregnancy lasted ten months.
VERSE 3. I also, when I was born, drew in the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth, uttering, like all, for my first voice, the same cry.
VERSE 4. I was nursed with care in swaddling clothes.
VERSE 5. For no king had any other first beginning;
VERSE 6. but all men have one entrance into life, and a common departure.
VERSE 7. For this cause I prayed, and understanding was given to me. I asked a spirit of wisdom came to me.
I prayed, and understanding was given. We ask, and God answers. We are to commanded to ask things of God:
Proverbs 1:28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;
Proverbs 8:17. I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.
Wisdom 7:7. For this cause I prayed, and understanding was given to me. I asked a spirit of wisdom came to me.
Mark 9:32. But they didn’t understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Luke 18:41. “What do you want me to do?” He said, “Lord, that I may see again.”
James 4:2-3. You lust, and don’t have. You murder and covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask. 3 You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
I considered riches nothing in comparison to her. However, Solomon accumulated vast sums of riches.
1 Kings 10:23. So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
VERSE 9. Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold in her presence is a little sand, and silver will be considered as clay before her.
VERSE 10. I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her bright shining is never laid to sleep.
All good things came to me with her. Solomon’s primary impulse was for wisdom. But as he sought wisdom, he was rewarded with other things as well.
In our day, we are to seek first the kingdom of God. As we do that, our other needs will be taken care of as well:
Psalm 141:8. For my eyes are on you, LORD, the Lord. In you, I take refuge. Don’t leave my soul destitute.
Wisdom 7:11. All good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches are in her hands.
Sirach 51:21. My whole being was stirred to seek her; therefore I have made her my prize possession. (NAB translation)
Matthew 6:33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 9:61. Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.
Luke 12:31. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.
VERSE 12. And I rejoiced over them all because wisdom leads them; although I didn’t know that she was their mother.
VERSE 13. As I learned without guile, I impart without grudging. I don’t hide her riches.
VERSE 14. For she is a treasure for men that doesn’t fail, and those who use it obtain friendship with God, commended by the gifts which they present through discipline.
VERSE 15. But may God grant that I may speak his judgement, and to conceive thoughts worthy of what has been given me; because he is one who guides even wisdom and who corrects the wise.
VERSE 16. For both we and our words are in his hand, with all understanding and skill in various crafts.
VERSE 17. For he himself gave me an unerring knowledge of the things that are, to know the structure of the universe and the operation of the elements;
VERSE 18. the beginning, end, and middle of times; the alternations of the solstices and the changes of seasons;
VERSE 19. the circuits of years and the positions of stars;
VERSE 20. the natures of living creatures and the raging of wild beasts; The violence of † winds and the thoughts of men; the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots.
VERSE 21. All things that are either secret or manifest I learned,
VERSE 22. for wisdom, that is the architect of all things, taught me. For there is in her a spirit that is quick to understand, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, freely moving, clear in utterance, unpolluted, distinct, unharmed, loving what is good, keen, unhindered,
VERSE 23. beneficent, loving toward man, stedfast, sure, free from care, all-powerful, all-surveying, and penetrating through all spirits that are quick to understand, pure, most subtle:
VERSE 24. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion. Yes, she pervades and penetrates all things by reason of her purity.
VERSE 25. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a clear effluence of the glory of the Almighty. Therefore nothing defiled can find entrance into her.
VERSE 26. For she is a reflection of everlasting light, an unspotted mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
NAB translation. Passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets.
she produces friends of God and prophets. It is God who gives us the wisdom and wherewithal to become his close friends and prophets. We can do all we can to be ready for such a gift. But ultimately it is a gift of God and not our own achievement.
VERSE 28. For God loves nothing as much as one who dwells with wisdom.
VERSE 29. For she is fairer than the sun, and above all the constellations of the stars. She is better than light.
VERSE 30. For daylight succeeds night, but evil does not prevail against wisdom.
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