|Wisdom 1 |
1 [The Book of Wisdom was originally included in the King James Version, as it was included in all the early English Bibles. The Puritan dissenters mistrusted this book and its reading was discouraged because of: 1) the claim of the pre-existence of the human soul, and 2) the appearance of multiple authors. In several instances George Fox and other early Quaker writers quoted from the first part of The book of Wisdom, written by Solomon; and since the Quakers were massively persecuted by the Puritans, is is clear which had the true Spirit of God, and therefore which had the correct knowledge as to the validity of this Book. In a cost cutting move, the newly independent USA started printing their own Bibles, deleting this Book along with others, known as the Apocrypha. Later the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1826 withdrew their subsidies for printing the Apocrypha; and so it disappeared from the Protestant Bibles, remaining only in the Catholic Bibles. Reading the words from the first 9 chapters of of this book, it is clear that this prophecy in old times did not come by the will of man; but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. For example, Wisdom 9:1 gives credit to the word for creation, as no other Old Testament writing does; only the New Testament, written 150 years later confirms it. I find the first nine chapters of of this book wholly compatible with the traditional 66 books of the Bible, particularly Proverbs, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Matthew. Therefore I have provided it for the edification of those seeking God.
The book contains two distinctly different parts: the first nine chapters are Solomon addressing the rulers of the earth, recommending their pursuit of wisdom, and his testimony of how wisdom affected him; and the last ten chapters being from a traditional Passover Haggadah recitation. The first nine chapters warn all men to fear God and mightily strive for wisdom; the last ten chapters present the Jews as so highly favored by God as to do no wrong with no need to strive for wisdom. The Passover Haggadah recitation does not appear to have been written by the Spirit of God, rather it is clearly the words of men, who did not have the Spirit's wisdom themselves. However, its reading serves an unintended purpose: a warning of presuming righteousness based on group affiliation; the Jews are portrayed as all righteous simply because they are Jews. Let us all be careful to not fall into the same error. The Jews had the scriptures, but did not have the word; so they failed to recognize Jesus because they were not listening to God's voice. Jesus told them: He who is of God, hears God's words. You cannot hear his words because you are not of God. John 8:47. The Jews heard the scriptures read frequently, but Jesus just told them they did not hear God's words. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you. John 8:37. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form...you do not have his word abiding in you, John 5:37-38. Clearly the Jews made the mistake of substituting reading scriptures for listening to and obeying the Voice of the Lord, Jesus, who is the Word of God, in your heart to hear and obey; now Christendom, making the same mistake, has lost the true hope and the way to God.
Chapters 1-9 are far more instructive, being more similar to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, also written by Solomon.]
1 Love righteousness, you who are the judges of the earth. Think of the Lord in goodness, and seek the Lord in simplicity of heart.
2 For the Lord is found by those who tempt him not, and he shows himself to those who trust in him.1
3 For perverse thoughts separate from God; and God’s power, when it is tried, reproves the unwise.
4 For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins.
5 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee from the deceitful, and will withdraw from thoughts that are without understanding, and shall not abide when iniquity comes in.
6 For the spirit of wisdom is benevolent, and will not acquit the evil speaker from his or her lips, for God is witness of the inmost feelings, and a true searcher of the heart, and a hearer of the tongue.
7 For the Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world, and that which contains all things has knowledge of the voice [of every man].
8 Therefore the one who speaks unjust things cannot be hidden, neither shall the chastising judgment pass by such a one.
9 For inquisition shall be made into the thoughts of the ungodly, and the hearing of their words shall come to God, for the judgment of their sins.
10 For the ear of jealousy hears all things, and the sound of murmuring [complaining about, or criticizing God] shall not be hidden.
11 Therefore keep yourselves from murmuring, which profits nothing, and refrain your tongue from speaking critically of others; no words spoken are so secret as to escape account, and the mouth that lies, kills the soul.
12 Do not seek death in the error of your life, neither procure destruction by the works of your hands.
13 For God made not death; neither has God pleasure in the destruction of the living.
14 For God created all things that they might be, and made the nations of the earth for health, and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor kingdom of death upon the earth.
15 (For righteousness is perpetual and immortal.)
16 But the wicked with works and words have called it [death] to themselves; and esteeming it a friend have fallen away, and have made a covenant with it [death] because they are worthy to take part with it.
1 he shows himself to those who trust in him. Those who truly trust in God, give themselves up to his will; repetitively they wait, they silently listen, they hear, they obey, and they are then purified of all sin. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Mat 5:8. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6.