THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
WISDOM OF SOLOMON
WISDOM OF SOLOMON 6
1: Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth.
2: Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations.
3: For power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest, who shall try your works, and search out your counsels.
4: Because, being ministers of his kingdom, ye have not judged aright, nor kept the law, nor walked after the counsel of God;
5: Horribly and speedily shall he come upon you: for a sharp judgment shall be to them that be in high places.
6: For mercy will soon pardon the meanest: but mighty men shall be mightily tormented.
7: For he which is Lord over all shall fear no man's person, neither shall he stand in awe of any man's greatness: for he hath made the small and great, and careth for all alike.
8: But a sore trial shall come upon the mighty.
9: Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak, that ye may learn wisdom, and not fall away.
10: For they that keep holiness holily shall be judged holy: and they that have learned such things shall find what to answer.
11: Wherefore set your affection upon my words; desire them, and ye shall be instructed.
12: Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek her.
13: She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them.
14: Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his doors.
15: To think therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom: and whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care.
16: For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them in every thought.
17: For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love;
18: And love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption;
19: And incorruption maketh us near unto God:
20: Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom.
21: If your delight be then in thrones and sceptres, O ye kings of the people, honour wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore.
22: As for wisdom, what she is, and how she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will seek her out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of her into light, and will not pass over the truth.
23: Neither will I go with consuming envy; for such a man shall have no fellowship with wisdom.
24: But the multitude of the wise is the welfare of the world: and a wise king is the upholding of the people.
25: Receive therefore instruction through my words, and it shall do you good.