For Wisdom is Better Than Jewels

a suite of songs based on
Proverbs 8 and Ben Sira (Sirach) 24:19-23

composed by Connie Pwll Walck Tyler

What is Wisdom?
In Proverbs 8:5-11 she says,
“Learn prudence, acquire intelligence, …
take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for Wisdom is better than jewels.”

 These three songs are appropriate for use in a Christian or Jewish religious service or a secular concert.  They include the possibility of a short audience participation at the end of the last song. All are written for flute, piano, ethnic drum, SATB plus a high soprano part that can be a soloist.  The drum part is notated, but can be improvised.

The first song, Hear My Call, is short (1:49) and could be used as a call to worship in a religious service.

The second song, God Created Me, (4:36) is an anthem of praise using the wonderful words of the creation of Wisdom in Proverbs 8:22-36 with a descant of the creation story in the book of Sirach 24:3, found in the Apocrypha.  The tenors and basses sing the comparison of Wisdom with the trees of Israel, also found in Sirach, all in praise of Wisdom.

The third song, Choose Life, (1:16) includes a chant that can be sung by the congregation or audience along with the choir. This could be used as the final hymn in a religious service.

All three songs can be used separately or together.  The congregational chant can be found at the end of the score and can be copied and placed in an Order of Service or Program.

You can see the music, listen to an electronically produced recording (without words), and purchase the score on

All three songs are on the recording, and at the end there is a flute rendering of the chant which is not intended to stand alone, but to be sung, as directed, with the last part of the choir song, Choose Life.