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Wisdom 8:19-20 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

19 [a]Now, I was a well-favored child,
    and I came by a noble nature;
20     or rather, being noble, I attained an unblemished body.

Footnotes:

  1. 8:19–20 Here the author mentions first bodily, then spiritual, excellence. To make it plain that the latter is the governing factor in the harmonious development of the human person, he then reverses the order. The Platonic doctrine of the pre-existence of the soul is often read into these lines, but such an anthropology does not seem to be the intent of the author (cf. 7:1–6). Verse 20 appears to rule out any misunderstanding of v. 19. Verse 21 emphasizes that he did not bring talent to his “birth”; his wisdom is the gift of God.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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