1 "O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy, who have made all things by your word,2 and by your wisdom have formed humankind to have dominion over the creatures you have made, 3 and rule the world in holiness and righteousness, and pronounce judgment in uprightness of soul, 4 give me the wisdom that sits by your throne, and do not reject me from among your servants. 5 For I am your servant the son of your serving girl, a man who is weak and short-lived, with little understanding of judgment and laws; 6 for even one who is perfect among human beings will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you. 7 You have chosen me to be king of your people and to be judge over your sons and daughters. 8 You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain, and an altar in the city of your habitation, a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning. 9With you is wisdom, she who knows your worksand was present when you made the world;she understands what is pleasing in your sightand what is right according to your commandments.10Send her forth from the holy heavens,and from the throne of your glory send her,that she may labor at my side,and that I may learn what is pleasing to you.11For she knows and understands all things,and she will guide me wisely in my actionsand guard me with her glory.12Then my works will be acceptable,and I shall judge your people justly,and shall be worthy of the throne of my father.
Date: 100-50 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.2The Word was with God in the beginning.3All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. 6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who have received him—those who believe in his name—he has given the right to become God’s children— 13 children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God. 14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 15 John testified about him and shouted out, “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because he existed before me.’” 16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.