“Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation.”

RESPONSIVE READING: Ecclesiastes 9 : 1, 12-15 Proverbs 4 : 7, 25, 26

1.     For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God.

12.     For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

13.     This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

14.     There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

15.     Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city.

7.     Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

25.     Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26.     Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.


The Bible

1.     Proverbs 16 : 20

20     He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

2.     Proverbs 3 : 1-8, 13, 15, 17, 21-24, 26

1     My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2     For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3          Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4     So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5     Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7     Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8     It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

13     Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

15     She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

17     Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

21     My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22     So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

23     Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

24     When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

26     For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

3.     I Kings 3 : 3 (to :), 5-12 (to :)

3     And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father.

5     In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

6     And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7     And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

8     And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

9     Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

10     And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11     And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

12     Behold, I have done according to thy words.

4.     I Kings 4 : 1, 29

1     So king Solomon was king over all Israel.

29     And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

5.     I Kings 11 : 1 (to 1st ,), 2 (to 2nd ,), 4, 6, 11

1     But king Solomon loved many strange women,

2     Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them.

4     For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

6     And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

11     Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

6.     Hosea 13 : 4 (I), 9

4     …I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

9     O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

7.     Hosea 14 : 1 (to ;), 4 (to :), 5-7, 9 (to :)

1     O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God;

4     I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely:

5     I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

6          His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

7     They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

9     Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them:

8.     I Corinthians 1 : 26, 27, 29, 30

26     For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27     But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

29     That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30     But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

9.     I Corinthians 2 : 5

5     That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Science and Health

1.     275 : 6-8 (to 1st ,), 14-15, 17-19

The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind.

All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God.

No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

2.     475 : 5 (to ?), 14-15 (to ;), 19 (that which has no)-22

What is man? …He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; …that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

3.     588 : 15-19

All the objects of God's creation reflect one Mind, and whatever reflects not this one Mind, is false and erroneous, even the belief that life, substance, and intelligence are both mental and material.

4.     151 : 23-30

The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.

5.     234 : 17-21, 25-3

If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness will never cease.

Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

6.     186 : 28-12

Mortal mind is ignorant of self, or it could never be self-deceived. If mortal mind knew how to be better, it would be better. Since it must believe in something besides itself, it enthrones matter as deity. The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other gods and believing in more than the one Mind.

As mortals do not comprehend even mortal existence, how ignorant must they be of the all- knowing Mind and of His creations.

Here you may see how so-called material sense creates its own forms of thought, gives them material names, and then worships and fears them. With pagan blindness, it attributes to some material god or medicine an ability beyond itself. The beliefs of the human mind rob and enslave it, and then impute this result to another illusive personification, named Satan.

7.     327 : 1-7

Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind.

8.     82 : 31-2

In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one.

9.     83 : 6-9

Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.

10.     458 : 20-28

Sin makes deadly thrusts at the Christian Scientist as ritualism and creed are summoned to give place to higher law, but Science will ameliorate mortal malice. The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind.

11.     571 : 16-18

Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.

12.     62 : 20-30

We must not attribute more and more intelligence to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and healthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our false views of life hide eternal harmony, and produce the ills of which we complain.

13.     460 : 5-13

Our system of Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of the nature and essence of all being, — on the divine Mind and Love's essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the one most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for to the material thought all is material, till such thought is rectified by Spirit.

14.     205 : 32-3

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

15.     467 : 13-16

Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

Love is the liberator.