The Nature of Wisdom

“(7:22) There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, (23) beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
(24) For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
(25) For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
(26) For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
(27) Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; (28) for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

(29) She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, (30) for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.


(8:17) Reflecting upon these things within myself and having concluded in my heart that there is immortality in kinship with Wisdom (18)  and pure delight in friendship with her, inexhaustible wealth in the works of her hands and understanding in frequenting her company as well as great renown in conversing with her, I began to search in all directions, seeking to win her for myself.
(19) As a child I was blessed with natural gifts, and a good soul was my heritage, (20) or rather, being good, I had entered into an undefiled body.”
(Solomon. New Catholic Bible. Wisdom 7:22-30 and 8:17-20. King Solomon is ordinarily considered the author, although this is uncertain, and perhaps it is of allegorical significance.)