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The Creation of Humanity

Proverbs 8:26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
    or the first of the dust of the world.

Before he had made the earth with its fields: The Hebrew term rendered fields (chutsot) is in the plural and is referring to the open fields. This, again, is another expression of the timelessness of wisdom.

Or the first of the dust of the world: The first of the dust is literally ‘the head (rosh) the of the dust,’ the sense being the very first bit back in the creation days. Dust is also in the plural form (Heb. apharot) like fields and is referring to “soil.” The Hebrew word rendered world (tebel) means the entire expanse of the earth.

Looking at verses 22-26, we again, make the point that Wisdom is a personification, a literary technique to draw out qualities and characteristics. It is also quite probable that it is being used symbolically in reference to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, prior to his coming to earth, speaking of him being in existence prior to the creation of everything. The apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word.”

There is little doubt that verse 22 commences with a reference to the creation account of Genesis 1 by its use of the word “beginning.” In saying that God “made” or “created” wisdom at the beginning of his creation, wisdom is emphasizing its age, as compared to the creation of the universe, including earth.

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Wisdom is an indispensable part of the way the world works. If we want to enjoy this world as our maker intends, we must live by the same wisdom with which he made it. When Jesus comes, he will be seen as this wisdom in person:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15–17).

Jesus Christ is none other than the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).[1]

Verse 26 refers to Wisdom being here before “the first dust of the world.” This is likely a reference to the creation account as well, referring to Genesis 2:7 specifically, “when Jehovah God formed the man of dust from the ground.”

The Hebrew of v. 26 literally reads, “Before he made … the head of the dusts of the world.” In Gen 1–2 “dust” is associated only with the creation of humanity; there is no account of the creation of dust itself. The “dusts of the world” is humanity, formed of the dust; and its head is Adam.[2]

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In a very real sense, then, it could be said that the Father himself in wisdom founded the earth, for he used the Son as a “master worker” beside him in doing so. This is in full agreement with what the apostle John later tells us about how all creation came into existence. (John 1:1-3) “He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being.” Solomon has had much to say about knowledge and especially wisdom, understanding, or discernment, which we should be acquiring.

[1] Andrew Knowles, The Bible Guide, 1st Augsburg books ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001), 253.

[2] Duane A. Garrett, vol. 14, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993), 109.

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