Eloah/Hokhma/Shekhinah/Ruach/Holy Spirit
as Life and Bounty

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: Psalm 104:24-30; Proverbs 3:13-18, 8:17-21, 8:32-36, 9:11-12, 24:3-5, 24:14; Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-12, 7:14, 8:17-18; Ecclesiasticus 1:16-20, 15:3-8, 24:18-22.

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O Lord, how manifold are Your works;
countless are the things You have made!
In Wisdom have You made them all;
the Earth is full of Your creatures,
beasts great and small.
Yonder is the great and wide sea 
which teems with things innumerable,
living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan,
which You did form to sport with it.

These all look to You
to give them their food in due season.
When You give it to them; they gather it up;
When You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.
When You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
When You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
and so You renew the face of the Earth.

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I prayed, and Understanding responded; I called for help, and the Holy Spirit of Wisdom came to me. My prayers were answered by Binah; I was aided by Hokhma.

I preferred Her over scepters and thrones; I esteemed wealth nothing compared to Her. I counted no precious stone Her equal, because all the gold in the world is mere sand compared to Her, and silver worth no more than clay. I loved Her more than health and beauty. I preferred Her to the light of day. The light that comes from Her never is extinguished; Her radiance is everlasting.

All good things came to me along with Her. In her hands was uncounted wealth. I rejoiced in them all because Wisdom leads them; I had not known that She was the Mother of all Bounty.

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By Wisdom, a house is built; by Understanding, it is established; by Knowledge, the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Wisdom prevails over physical strength; Knowledge prevails over brute force.

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The way of the Lord brings the fullness of Wisdom and the Earth overflows in abundance. She fills humanity with Her fruits; She gives them deep draughts of Her wine, and stocks Her storehouses with Her produce. She fills Her house with all that is desirable.

The way of the Lord is the garland of Wisdom flowering with peace and health. She showers down skill and knowledge of Understanding, and bestows high honor on those who cling to Her. The way of the Lord is the root of Wisdom; and a long life grows on Her branches.

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She is an inexhaustible treasure for humanity. Those who receive Her are friends of Deity, commended by the gifts they derive from Her instruction.

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Blessed are those who have found Wisdom, happy are those who know Understanding; for Wisdom is more profitable than silver, and the gain She brings is better than gold. She is more precious than precious stones. None of your jewels can match Her; nothing you desire can compare with Her.

Long life is in Her right hand; in Her left hand are riches and honor. Out of Her mouth proceeds righteousness; and She carries Law and Mercy upon Her tongue.

No evil thing can resist Her. Her ways are ways of pleasure, and all Her paths are peaceful and lead to prosperity.

She is the Tree of Life, the Asherah, to those who lay hold of Her; She secures help, protection, and happiness for those who remain with Her.

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Make Wisdom your own. If you find Her, and She is in your soul, you may look forward to the future; your thread of life will not be cut short.

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In kinship with Wisdom lies immortality, in Her friendship is pure delight. In doing Her work brings a wealth that cannot fail; in the works of Her hands are infinite riches. Conferring with Her brings understanding, talking with Her, an honorable name.

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With the bread of Understanding will She feed them; with the water of Wisdom will She give them drink. They will lean on Her, and will not fall. They will rely upon Her, and will not be confounded.

She will exalt them, and will speak through them in the assembly, they will know joy and exaltation, and they will be granted lasting honors.

But the foolish will not attain Her; the evil-doers will never see Her. She stands apart from the arrogant, and the deceitful will never know Her.

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Hear Wisdom and be wise; do not separate yourselves from Her:

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"I give birth to noble love, reverence, knowledge, and holy hope; and I give all these, my eternal progeny, to Deity's chosen."

"Come to Me, all who desire of Me; fill yourselves with My fruits. Memory of Me is sweeter than honey; My gifts are even sweeter. Those who eat Me will hunger for more; those who drink Me will thirst for more. Those that obey Me will never be confounded; those that work with Me will never go amiss."

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"I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me. Wealth and glory belong to Me; all boundless wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold and precious stones, My produce better than choice silver."

"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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"By Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you understand the Law, your mind will be sound; if you know Wisdom, you will be wise yourself; but if you scoff at Me, you will bear the result."

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"Blessed are those who listen to Me, and those who keep My ways."

"Blessed are those who watch daily at My threshold, who wait beside My doorway; for My entrance is the entrance to life, and My exit, life's exit."

"Those who find Me, find life and obtain favor from the Lord; but those who fail to find Me, injure themselves, and all who hate Me, love death."

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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."

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."