1O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish, the troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
2Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before thee.
3For thou endurest forever, and we perish utterly.
4O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee, and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleave unto us.
5Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon thy power and thy name now at this time.
6For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise.
7And for this cause thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our captivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that sinned before thee.
8Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from the Lord our God.
9Hear, Israel, the commandments of life: give ear to understand wisdom.
10How happeneth it, Israel, that thou art in thine enemies’ land, that thou art waxen old in a strange country, that thou art defiled with the dead,
11that thou art counted with them that go down into the grave?
12Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest have dwelt in peace forever.
14Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.
15Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her treasures?
16Where are the princes of the heathen, and such as ruled the beasts upon the earth;
17they that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting?
18For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable,
19they are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their stead.
20Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth; but the way of knowledge have they not known,
21nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that way.
22It hath not been heard of in Canaan, neither hath it been seen in Teman.
23The Hagarites that seek wisdom upon earth, the merchants of Merran and of Teman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remembered her paths.
24O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the place of his possession!
25Great, and hath none end; high, and unmeasurable.
26There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in war.
27Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them:
28but they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness.
29Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?
30Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold?
31No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path.
32But he that knoweth all things knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore hath filled it with four-footed beasts:
33he that sendeth forth light, and it goeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth him with fear.
34The stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they showed light unto him that made them.
35This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him.
36He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
37Afterward did he show himself upon earth, and conversed with men.