'What human being indeed can know the intentions of God? And who can comprehend the will of the Lord?
For the reasoning of mortals is inadequate, our attitudes of mind unstable;
for a perishable body presses down the soul, and this tent of clay weighs down the mind with its many cares.
It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth, laborious to know what lies within our reach; who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?
And who could ever have known your will, had you not given Wisdom and sent your holy Spirit from above?
Thus have the paths of those on earth been straightened and people have been taught what pleases you, and have been saved, by Wisdom.'