The Apocrypha is a group of ancient books with uncertain authorship whose contents overlap parts of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles. The term “apocrypha” means “secret,” “hidden,” or “non-canonical.” Indeed, these books have been considered sacred, with a more advanced teaching than would normally be made available to the general public. Today, apocryphal books remain part of the Holy Bible in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, while other Christian traditions still value them for religious study. One of the Apocrypha books is The Wisdom of Solomon, in which wisdom is personified – such is the emphasis placed on that virtue. Today, we will explore an enthralling selection from the Apocrypha book, “The Wisdom of Solomon,” in regards to the true virtues of life, being the real means of approaching it, as wisdom is elaborated on as treasured goal for us to achieve. Wisdom is referred to as “she,” and is being described as an ultimate richness of life.
“Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek her. She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them. Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his doors. To think therefore upon her, is perfection of wisdom: and whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care.” “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. For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love; and love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; and incorruption maketh us near unto God: therefore, the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom.”
“I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither I compared unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her.” “God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is He that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.”