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. 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.