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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 10

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Wisdom Preserves Her Followers

1She preserved the first‐formed father* of the world b 1–16: Heb 11, 17–27 . when he alone had been created; c Wis 7, 1 . And she raised him up from his fall, 2and gave him power to rule all things. d Gn 1, 28 . 3But when the unjust man* withdrew from her in his anger, he perished through his fratricidal wrath. e Gn 4, 1–16 . 4When on his account the earth was flooded, Wisdom again saved it, piloting the just man* on frailest wood. f Wis 14, 5f; Gn 6, 5–9 . 5She, when the nations were sunk in universal wickedness, knew the just man,* kept him blameless before God, and preserved him resolute against pity for his child. g Gn 22, 7–10 . 6She delivered the just man* from among the wicked who were being destroyed, h Gn 18, 22–33; 19, 15–25; 2 Pt 2, 6f . when he fled as fire descended upon Pentapolis— 7Where as a testimony to its wickedness, there yet remain a smoking desert, Plants bearing fruit that never ripens, and the tomb of a disbelieving soul,* a standing pillar of salt. i Gn 19, 26; Lk 17, 32 . 8For those who forsook Wisdom first were bereft of knowledge of the right, And then they left mankind a memorial of their folly— so that they could not even be hidden in their fall. 9But Wisdom delivered from tribulations those who served her. j Wis 16, 8 . 10She, when the just man fled from his brother's anger, k Gn 27, 43ff; 28, 12–15 . guided him in direct ways,* Showed him the kingdom of God and gave him knowledge of holy things; She prospered him in his labors and made abundant the fruit of his works, 11Stood by him against the greed of his defrauders, and enriched him; l Gn 30, 29f; 31, 5–12 . 12She preserved him from foes, and secured him against ambush, And she gave him the prize for his stern struggle that he might know that devotion to God* is mightier than all else. m Gn 32, 24–29; 1 Tm 4, 8 . 13She did not abandon the just man* when he was sold, n 13f: Gn 37–45 . but delivered him from sin. o Gn 39, 7–10 . 14She went down with him into the dungeon, and did not desert him in his bonds, Until she brought him the scepter of royalty and authority over his oppressors, Showed those who had defamed him false, and gave him eternal glory. 15The holy people and blameless race—it was she who delivered them from the nation that oppressed them. p Ex 3, 9; 14, 30; 19, 6 . 16She entered the soul of the LORD's servant,* and withstood fearsome kings with signs and portents; q Wis 1, 4; 7, 27; Ex 4, 10; Ps 76, 13 . 17she gave the holy ones the recompense of their labors, r 17ff; Wis 14, 3; 19, 7; Ex 13, 21f; 14–15; Pss 77, 20f; 78, 13. 53; Is 4, 5f . Conducted them by a wondrous road, and became a shelter for them by day and a starry flame by night. 18She took them across the Red Sea and brought them through the deep waters— 19But their enemies she overwhelmed, and cast them up* from the bottom of the depths. 20Therefore the just despoiled the wicked; and they sang, O LORD, your holy name and praised in unison your conquering hand s Ex 12, 35f; 15, 1–21 . 21Because Wisdom opened the mouths of the dumb, and gave ready speech to infants. t Ex 4, 10–15; Ps 8, 3; Mt 11, 25 .

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