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Chapter 9

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      O' God of my fathers, and Lord of mercies ( thou that hast made all things with thy word, and ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creature which thou hast made: that he should order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with a true heart ) Give me wisdom, which is ever about thy seat: and put me not out from among thy children: For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid, am a feeble person, of a short time, and too young to the understanding of judgment and the laws. And though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded. But thou hast chosen me to be a King unto thy people, and the judge of thy sons and daughters.
      Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest: a likeness of thy holy tabernacle which thou hast prepared from the beginning, and thy wisdom with thee, which knoweth thy works: which also was with thee, when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments. O' send her out of thy holy heavens and from the throne of thy majesty, that she may be with me, and labor with me: that I may know what is acceptable in thy sight. For she knoweth and understandeth all things: and she shall lead me soberly in my works, and preserve me in her power. So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I govern thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my fathers seat. For what man is he, that may know the counsel of God? Or, who can think what the will of God is? For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our forecasts are but uncertain. And why? A mortal and corruptible body is heavy unto the soul and the earthy mansion keepeth down the understanding that *museth upon many things. Very hardly can we discern the things that are upon earth, and great labor have we, or we can find the things that are before our eyes: Who will then seek out the ground of the things that are done in heaven? O' Lord, who can have knowledge of thy understanding and meaning, except thou give wisdom, and send thy holy ghost from above? That the ways of them which are upon the earth may be reformed: that men may learn the things that are pleasant unto thee, and be preserved through wisdom.

*museth (ponders, amuse )

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