Wisdom - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The Book of Wisdom was written about a hundred years before the coming of Christ. Its author, whose name is not known to us, was a member of the Jewish community at Alexandria, in Egypt. He wrote in Greek, in a style patterned on that of Hebrew verse. At times he speaks in the person of Solomon, placing his teachings on the lips of the wise king of Hebrew tradition in order to emphasize their value. His profound knowledge of the earlier Old Testament writings is reflected in almost every line of the book, and marks him, like Ben Sira, as an outstanding representative of religious devotion and learning among the sages of postexilic Judaism. - The primary purpose of the sacred author was the edification of his co-religionists in a time when they had experienced suffering and oppression, in part at least at the hands of apostate fellow Jews. To convey his message he made use of the most popular religious themes of his time, namely the splendor and worth of divine wisdom (Wisdom 6:22-11:1), the glorious events of the Exodus (Wisdom 11:2-16; 12:23-27; 15:18 19:22), God's mercy (Wisdom 11:17-12:22), the folly of idolatry (Wisdom 13:1-15:17), and the manner in which God's justice is vindicated in rewarding or punishing the individual soul (Wisdom 1:1-6:21). The first ten chapters especially form a preparation for the fuller teachings of Christ and his Church. Many passages from this section of the book, notably Wisdom 3:1-8, are used by the Church in her liturgy. - The principal divisions of the Book of Wisdom are: I. Reward of Justice (Wisdom 1:1-6:21) II. Praise of Wisdom by Solomon (Wisdom 6:22-11:1) III. Special Providence of God during the Exodus (Wisdom 11:2-16; 12:23-27; 15:18-19:22) with digressions on God's mercy (Wisdom 11:17-12:22) and on the folly and shame of idolatry (Wisdom 13:1-15:17) - (NAB)

Headings



THE WISDOM OF SALOMON


1 Exhortation to Uprightness
Life as the Ungodly See It
2 Error of the Wicked
3 The Destiny of the Righteous
The Destiny of the Ungodly
On Childlessness
4 The Triumph of the Righteous
The Final Judgment
5 The Reward of the Righteous
6 Kings Should Seek Wisdom
Description of Wisdom
7 Solomon Like Other Mortals
Solomon's Respect for Wisdom
Solomon Prays for Wisdom
The Nature of Wisdom
8 Solomon's Love for Wisdom
Wisdom Indispensible to Rulers
9 Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
10 The Work of Wisdom from Adam to Moses
Wisdom Led the Israelites out of Egypt
11 Wisdom Led the Israelites through the Desert
Punishment of the Wicked
God Is Powerful and Merciful
12 The Sins of the Canaanites
God Is Sovereign
God's Lessons for Israel
The Punishment of the Egyptians
13 The Foolishness of Nature Worship
The Foolishness of Idolatry
14 Folly of a Navigator Praying to an Idol
The Origin and Evils of Idolatry
15 Benefits of Worshiping the True God
The Foolishness of Worshiping Clay Idols
Serpents in the Desert
16 Disastrous Storms Strike Egypt
The Israelites Receive Manna
17 Terror Strikes the Egyptians at Night
18 Light Shines on the Israelites
The Death of the Egyptian Firstborn
Threat of Annihilation in the Desert
19 The Red Sea
God Guides and Protects His People
The Punishment of the Egyptians
A New Harmony in Nature
Conclusion

Version
Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
CEI (1974) - Italian
Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German