4I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and that with cares. 5For there is no king that had any other beginning of birth. 6For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out. 7Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.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.