Tobit 9

1 {\cf2 O God of Fathers, and Lorde of mercy, which hast made all things with thy worde,}

2 {\cf2 And ordeined man through thy wisdome, that he should haue dominion ouer the creatures which thou hast made,}

3 {\cf2 And gouerne the world according to equitie and righteousnes, and execute iudgement with an vpright heart.}

4 {\cf2 Giue me that wisdome, which sitteth by thy throne, & put me not out from among thy childre.}

5 {\cf2 For I thy seruant, & sonne of thine handmayd, am a feeble person, & of a short time, and yet lesse in ye vnderstanding of iudgement & the lawes.}

6 {\cf2 And though a man be neuer so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdome be not with him, he shalbe nothing regarded.}

7 {\cf2 Thou hast chosen me to be a King of thy people, and the iudge of thy sonnes and daughters.}

8 {\cf2 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple vpon thine holy Mount, & an altar in ye citie wherein thou dwellest, a likenes of thine holy Tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning,}

9 {\cf2 And thy wisdome with thee, which knoweth thy workes, which also was when thou madest the world, and which knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandements.}

10 {\cf2 Send her out of thine holy heauens, & send her from the throne of thy maiestie, that she may be with me, and labour, that I may knowe what is acceptable in thy sight.}

11 {\cf2 For she knoweth & vnderstandeth al things, and she shall leade me soberly in my workes and preserue me by her glory.}

12 {\cf2 So shall my workes be acceptable, and then shall I gouerne thy people righteously, & be meete for my fathers throne.}

13 {\cf2 For what man is he that can know ye counsel of God? or who can thinke what the wil of God is?}

14 {\cf2 For the thoughtes of mortall men are fearefull, and our forecastes are vncertaine,}

15 {\cf2 Because a corruptible body is heauy vnto the soule, and the earthly mansion keepeth downe the minde that is full of cares.}

16 {\cf2 And hardly can we discerne the things that are vpon earth, and with great labour finde we out the things which are before vs: who can then seeke out the things that are in heauen?}

17 {\cf2 Who can knowe thy counsell, except thou giue him wisdome, and send thine holy Spirit from aboue?}

18 {\cf2 For so the wayes of them which are vpon earth, are reformed, and men are taught the things that are pleasant vnto thee, and are preserued through wisdome.}