objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Proverbs 8: Wisdom Personified cries out
Comments: Turning away from the unsavory subject of
promiscuous women, Solomon again personifies wisdom [‘she'] and
suggests she can be seen or heard everywhere [v.1-5]. Everything
about her is good [v.6-9], so good in fact that she is worth more
than any valuables you can think of [v.10-11]. She comes in different
forms [v.12-14] and it is by her that rulers rule well [v.15,16].
Verse 17 challenges us that it is only those who seek for her
who will find her, but when they do they will also find the
riches she brings [v.18-21]. She originates from God and existed
before Creation [v.22-26] and worked with Him to bring into being
all that is [v.27-31]. The chapter concludes with a list of the
blessings that follow wisdom [v.32-36]. It is a chapter for those
who would seek after meaning and purpose in life who are challenged
to find it in finding wisdom and all that goes with ‘her'.]
Wisdom & Understanding can be found everywhere
not wisdom call out ?
Does not understanding raise
her voice ?
the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud :
‘She' calls to everyone
you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all humanity.
who are simple , gain prudence ;
you who are foolish ,
set your hearts on it .
The characteristics of wisdom found by the wise
for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right
mouth speaks what is true ,
for my lips detest wickedness .
the words of my mouth are just ;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right ;
they are upright to those
who have found knowledge .
She is more valuable than riches
my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with
Her various expressions
wisdom , dwell together with prudence
I possess knowledge
and discretion .
fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behaviour and perverse speech.
sound judgment are mine;
I have insight , I have
She is attested to by kings and other rulers
me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
me princes govern,
and nobles – all who rule on earth.
Those who will find her
love those who love me ,
and those who seek me find me.
The things wisdom brings with her
me are riches and honour ,
enduring wealth and prosperity
fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
walk in the way of righteousness ,
along the paths of justice ,
a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
Wisdom originated with God before all else was created
Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world
came to be.
there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing
the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
She was there in the Creation
was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the
face of the deep,
he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the
he gave the sea its boundary
so that the waters would not overstep
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
in his whole world
and delighting in the human race.
The promise of blessing for those who find wisdom
then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways
to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
Blessed are [i] those
who listen to me,
daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
those who find me find life
and receive favour from the Lord .
those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.'
Note: Although we have referred to wisdom as ‘she' [see
v.2,3], the apostle John in his Gospel in the first chapter refers
to the Son of God as ‘the word' meaning reason or even wisdom,
and reveals him as working with the Father in the acts of Creation
so v.30,31 convey a beautiful picture of Father & Son working
together to create the world and mankind on it. Jesus
was, as various Creeds put it, “begotten of the Father” and ‘begotten'
simply means ‘out of' so thus Jesus, who was and is God, came
out of the Father, an expression of the Father, before anything
material existed, the expression of divine wisdom [v.22-26]
to Proverbs 9