[Wisdom of Solomon 7:21-29]

[21] I learnt it all, hidden [22] or manifest, for I was taught by he whose skill made all things, wisdom. For in wisdom there is a spirit intelligent and holy, unique in its kind yet made up of many parts, subtle, free-moving, lucid, spotless, clear, [23] invulnerable, loving what is good, eager, unhindered, beneficent, kindly towards men, steadfast, unerring, touched by care, all-powerful, all-surveying, [24] and permeating all intelligent, pure, and delicate spirits. For wisdom moves more easily than motion itself, she pervades and permeates [25] all things because she is so pure. Like a fine mist she rises from the power of God, a pure effluence from the glory of the Almighty; so nothing defiled [26] can enter into her by stealth. She is the brightness that streams from everlasting light, the flawless mirror of the active power of God and the image [27] of his goodness. She is but one, yet can do everything; herself unchanging, she makes all things new; age after age she enters into holy souls, and makes [28] them God's friends and prophets, for nothing is acceptable to God but the [29] man who makes his home with wisdom. She is more radiant than the sun, and surpasses every constellation; compared with the light of day, she is found [30] excelling.