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Wisdom 7:1-6 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 7

Solomon Is Like All Others

I too am a mortal, the same as all the rest,
    and a descendant of the first one formed of earth.[a]
And in my mother’s womb I was molded into flesh
    in a ten-month period[b]—body and blood,
    from the seed of a man, and the pleasure that accompanies marriage.
And I too, when born, inhaled the common air,
    and fell upon the kindred earth;
    wailing, I uttered that first sound common to all.
In swaddling clothes and with constant care I was nurtured.
For no king has any different origin or birth;
    one is the entry into life for all,
    and in one same way they leave it.


  1. 7:1 First one formed of earth: Adam. The author omits throughout the book the proper names of the characters in sacred history of whom he speaks; see especially chap. 10.
  2. 7:2 In a ten-month period: ten lunar months.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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