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The Blessings of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:1 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding give forth her voice?
Does not wisdom call: What is written regarding the Word in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is remarkably in agreement or harmony with the description given at Proverbs 8:22-31. Therein wisdom is personified, characterized as though able to speak and act. (Prov. 8:1) Here, wisdom is being used figuratively to represent the Son of God, as many Christian Bible scholars have right understood it. The fact that “wisdom” is always in the feminine gender, as Hebrew assigns gender to its nouns (as is true of many other languages); however, this does not negate that wisdom is being used figuratively to represent the Son of God. The Greek word for “love” (agapē) in 1 John 4:8 in the expression “God is love” is also in the feminine gender, yet that does not make God feminine.
Wisdom: (Heb. ḥāḵ·mā(h)) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person. (Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8) Wisdom is vital, especially in this time of human imperfection. Without it we would make one foolish mistake after another. Today, the wisdom of God is freely available to virtually all.
Does not understanding give forth her voice: Here understanding (Heb. tebunah) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. (Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15) Give forth her voice can be rendered “understanding raise her voice.” The strong and bold voice of wisdom and understanding are heard loud and clear throughout the entire inhabited earth.
Solomon introduces wisdom to the reader as a gracious woman. In other chapters, Solomon gives the counsel to the reader himself, but here he uses lady wisdom, as a personified character, to counsel us throughout chapter 8. She makes herself available in places where most people can be found, to get out her message.
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