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Wisdom and Human Needs
Proverbs 8:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
When there were no depths I was brought forth: Here the Hebrew word translated depths (tehom) is likely referring to the waters that existed in Genesis 1:2, as opposed to the oceans or bodies of water (seas) of Solomon’s day. Genesis 1:2 says in part, “Now the earth was without form and empty; and darkness was upon the face of the watery deep,” namely, the depths, i.e., a deep, dark, inaccessible, inexhaustible, and mysterious place below the surface of the water, controlled by objects of tremendous power.
When there were no springs abounding with water: Here springs or fountains (Heb. mayanah) is referring to the flow and rise of ground waters that bubble up from beneath the earth. This is to be distinguished from water that is stored or collected in such places as cisterns. Like fresh water, wisdom is also a source of life. – Psalm 87:7; Isaiah 12:3.
Indeed, perfect wisdom springs forth from a trustworthy source, our heavenly Father. It is so far superior to our own wisdom. In his Word, God informs us of the best way to live our lives. As our Creator, he knows what we need more so than we ever could. Even our basic human needs, which would include the desire to be loved, to find genuine happiness, and to have successful relationships, the wisdom from the Scriptures has never changed, as the needs will always be the same.