8I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. 9Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her. 10I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never goeth out. 11All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands.12And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them. 13I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches. 14For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning.