as Justice and Mercy
This meditation uses a combination of Biblical interpretations from the Septuagint with Apocrypha, the Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version), and the New English Bible with the Apocrypha (Oxford Study Edition) to reflect: Proverbs 1:20-33, 2:8-15, 3:3-6, 3:21-26, 4:7-9, 8:12-16, 8:20-21, 28:13; Wisdom of Solomon 1:6, 1:8, 6:6-10, 8:7-9.
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Wisdom will protect those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of Justice, and preserving the way of the Holy One. From Her, you will learn righteousness, justice, and equity, and every good path.
If Wisdom comes into your heart and Knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Prudence will keep watch over you, Understanding will guard you.
She will save you from evil ways, and from those of subversive speech; from those who forsake the honest path to walk in the ways of evil; from those who rejoice in doing harm and exult in evil and subversive acts; from those whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
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Your primary task is to Seek Wisdom, to follow Prudence. Know Hokhma, and Binah will be found. Gain Understanding, though it cost you all you have. Do not forsake Her, and She will preserve you; love Her, and She will guard you. Cherish Her, and She will exalt you; Embrace Her, and She will bring you to honor. She will set a garland of Grace on your head, and bestow on you a crown of Glory.
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Keep sight of Wisdom; take watch of Prudence. She is health to your flesh and protection to your bones. Let Her not escape from your sight; that your soul may live, that Grace may be around you, and that you may confidently go in peace on all your paths.
You will walk on your way safely, and your foot will not stumble. When you rest, you will be unafraid; when you lie down, you will slumber sweetly. And you shall have no reason to fear, no cause to panic, no need to fear attacks of the evil, or destruction of the wicked. For Wisdom shall be with you, and the Lord shall watch over you.
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Wisdom is a loving Spirit, Hokhma is a beneficent Presence; devoted to the good of humanity. But She will not hold blasphemers blameless for their words; For Deity is witness of one's innermost being, beholds that which is in one's heart, and hears every word said.
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Those who in holiness have kept a good path, will be judged holy, and those who have learned their lesson will be able to make their defense.
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But none may utter injustice without being found out; nor will Justice overlook the injustice when She passes sentence.
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Conceal your offenses, and you will not prosper; but confess and give them up, and you will find Mercy.
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Let not Mercy abandon you; let not Rahamin depart. Let not Truth forsake you; let not Hokhma go.
Bind Her to yourself about your neck, keep Her in Your heart, and you shall find favor and understanding with Deity and humanity.
Trust in Deity with all your heart; do not rely on yourself. In all ways acquaint yourself with Her, that She may rightly direct your path.
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Mercy will pardon the powerless their offenses, but the powerful will be mightily punished by Justice, by Gevurah, for their cruelty and injustice.
For Deity reigns over all humanity and is awed by none. Powerful and powerless are both Deity's children, and all are subject to the rule of Providence; but it is the powerful who are most strictly brought to account.
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"I, Wisdom, am Understanding; I contain Knowledge and Prudence. Pride and arrogance, the way of evil beings, and perverted speech I hate."
"I have sound wisdom and strength; understanding and power are mine. I provide counsel and ability; I bestow insight and protection. By Me, good kings reign, and judges decree what is just."
"I lead in the way of virtue; My path is the path of Justice. I endow with wealth those who love Me and fill their treasuries with good things."
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Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in public markets, She boldly raises Her voice; on the top of the walls, She cries out; at the entrance of the city gates, She speaks:
"So long as the you cleave to Justice, you shall not be shamed."
"But how long, ignorant ones, will you love being ignorant? How long will the insolent delight in their insolence and fools hate Knowledge?"
"Give heed to My reproach; I will pour out My Spirit to you; I will instruct you with My speech."
"But if I call, and you refuse to listen, if I stretch out my hand, and you do not heed; if you spurn all my counsel and ignore my reproach; I, in my turn, will laugh at your fate and deride you when fear descends like devastation, when terror strikes you like a hurricane, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish overcome you."
"When the wicked call upon Me, I will not answer them; When the evil search for me, they shall not find me."
"Because they hate Wisdom and reject the way of the Lord, because they do not accept my counsel and spurn My reproach, they shall eat the fruits of their behavior and be filled with their own evil."
"For because they wronged the innocent, they shall be slain; inquisition and judgment shall destroy the evil. But whoever listens to Me shall live without care, and shall rest securely from all evil and misfortune."
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The Hebrew word for "Wisdom" (also translated as "Knowledge," "Counsel, "Truth," and "Law") is the feminine "Hokhma." The Hebrew word for "Understanding" (also translated as "Prudence," "Insight," "Intuition," and "Intellect") is the feminine "Binah." "Sophia" and "Sapientia " are the feminine Greek and Latin words for "Wisdom."
The Hebrew word for "Justice" (also translated as "Judgment," "Severity," "Destructive Power," and "Providence") is the feminine "Gevurah." The Hebrew word for "Compassion" (also translated as "Love" and "Mercy") is the feminine "Rahamin."
An ancient name for the Holy Spirit found in the Bible is "Asherah," which means "Tree of Life." The medieval Jewish mystics considered "Hokhma" and "Binah" to be feminine sephiroth (attributes or emanations) of the Kabbalistic " Tree of Life," which was perceived to be a representation of the One Deity.
Other Hebrew names for the Holy Spirit are the feminine "Shekhinah" (which means "Divine Manifestation," "Divine Presence," "Divine Power," "Glory," and "Grace") and the feminine "Ruach" (which means "Soul" or "Spirit")."Elohim" is one of the names for the Creator used by the authors of the Bible, and the name used in Genesis 1. It is a feminine plural Hebrew word meaning "God and Goddess." The singular forms are "Eloh" meaning "God," and "Eloah" meaning "Goddess."