grant me heavenly wisdom

Allegory of Divine Wisdom by Andrea Sacchi c.1630 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Grant me, O Lord, heavenly wisdom,
  that I may learn to seek you above all things,
  and to understand all other things as they are,
  according to the order of your wisdom.
Grant me prudently to avoid the one who flatters me,
  and patiently to bear with the one who contradicts me,
  for it is a mark of great wisdom not to be moved by every wind of words,
  nor to give ear to the wicked flattery of the charmer;
for thus we shall go on securely in the course we have begun.

Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471, German monk


Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.

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