Wisdom of Solomon 7:22


20 the natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals, the powers of spirits and the thoughts of human beings, the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots; 21 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest, 22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, 23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. 24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.

Ambrose On the Duty of the Clergy 2.13


65 We have spoken of its beauty, and proved it by the witness of Scripture. It remains to show on the authority of Scripture that there can be no fellowship between it and vice, but that it has an inseparable union with the rest of the virtues. It has a spirit sagacious, undefiled, sure, holy, loving what is good, quick, that never forbids a kindness, kind, steadfast, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things. And again: She teaches temperance and justice and virtue.

 Notes and References

"... Since there was uncertainty about which books should be in and which should be out, it is also possible that during this time some would have considered other books, such as the ones now called apocryphal and pseudepigraphal, to have been “sacred writings.” We know this is the case at Qumran, where books like Jubilees and Enoch were treated as authoritative scripture, and some works scholars have called “rewritten scripture” were likely produced to replace biblical books. As we noted already, the writer of the late first-century Jewish apocalypse found in 2 Esdras 3-14 (and also called 4 Ezra) claimed there were many more writings that at least some Jews considered to have been useful for the same purposes for which Timothy was encouraged. This period of textual plurality and openness with regard to the boundaries of scripture means that it is even likely the earliest Christians considered books like the Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus [Sirach] as part of the “sacred writings” useful for Christian formation ..."

Law, Timothy Michael When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible (p. 90) Oxford University Press, 2013

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