Proverbs 8: The birth of Wisdom and her involvement in the creation

Entry #1 from The 20 (+) Creation Stories in the Bible.
There are many places in the Bible that can inform our understanding of how we all came into existence. This series is for your enjoyment.

Proverbs 8:22-31

The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works
before his deeds of old; 
I was formed long ages ago, 
at the very beginning, when the world came to be. 

When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, 
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
before the mountains were settled in place, 
before the hills, I was given birth, 
before he made the world or its fields 
or any of the dust of the earth.

I was there when he set the heavens in place, 
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 
when he established the clouds above 
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 
when he gave the sea its boundary 
so the waters would not overstep his command, 
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 
Then I was constantly at his side.

I was filled with delight day after day, 
rejoicing always in his presence, 
rejoicing in his whole world 
and delighting in mankind.

Wisdom is revealed in 5 marvelous ways here. 

  1. She is female in gender.
  2. Wisdom is not the Creator (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
  3. She was the first of the Creator’s works.
  4. She is a person, not just a force.
  5. We must seek her and pay attention to her.  

Wisdom is much more than a category of thought in Webster’s dictionary. In this account in Proverbs, Wisdom is revealed as one member of the Lord’s great Heavenly Host!

Glory to God!


11 responses to “Proverbs 8: The birth of Wisdom and her involvement in the creation

  1. yes,Glory to God,all the Glory to God only!

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  3. Not meaning to give you grief traildust, but this interpretation worries me a bit, so I’d advise cautuion on this point, personally, as the gnostics do worship wisdom/”sophia” as their would-be goddess (born as an “emmanation” of “ein soph”/the impersonal mish-mash gnostic ultimate god), who gave birth to the demiurge no less. The concept of it being a “her”, and a actual personage is one of their central doctrines. Are we sure these passages are not meant to be poetic illustration of the mental attribute, and not literal endorsement of a kind of created being? An additional note of some questions that arise from this, why should wisdom be anything except what it is, a descriptor of a mental attribute, what use or need would there be for such a created being, and more than that, why should it be female specifically, and thus generative/capable of reproduction as with any definitively female being?

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    • Important points about the Gnostics’ deifying Wisdom. There’s also Wright & Fuller’s old hypothesis that leaders of the wisdom movement were making large claims about their ethical system, personifying wisdom as the fundamental principle of the universe, by which alone it is to be understood, even preceding the Creation. That first line of verse states the Creation was done in stages, first the ordering principles that parallel human ethics and then matter, which I believe is unacceptable theology if taken literally because it claims a not-yet-existing temporal sequence as part of the Creation. The Bible can be understood on different levels, but I don’t think it should extend to equating the poetic female personification of wisdom with the existence of a godlike being.

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      • I know what you mean, Dan. All those concerns blocked my view of this passage through most of the times I have read it. However, this time, I decided to take a more direct approach, and not filter the message. My hope is to get to the truth at the molecular level. The bigger, and unmistakable, message is that we must value wisdom and reject folly because the difference is life or death. As godlike beings, real angels seem to be godlike beings, and needed to warn prophets against worshipping them instead of worshipping only God. Angel worship is a big error among New Age cults, but Christians can’t pretend that angels don’t exist. So I personally seek wisdom by the way the Bible says, “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

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    • Seumas, those are all reasonable cautions and questions. I agree about the risk. But this is directly from the word of God. And the passage makes it clear that Wisdom was a created thing, and not the Creator Himself. Gnosticism, like all heresies, takes part of the truth, and expands it to turn it into a lie. I heard it preached once, that the devil’s most effective lies are half-truths. The intent of the author in calling wisdom a woman may have been poetic, but I am beginning to see it in a more direct way lately. For instance, I was recently surprised when reading in Zechariah 5:9 that the prophet saw two women with wind in their wings (clearly members of the host of Heaven). I have been looking for authoritative descriptions of angels in order to include them in my paintings, and here was a visual surprise. And it goes on to describe their wings as looking like the wings of a stork. So, I am left with the same questions you raise. Thank you for your insightful response.

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      • Angels are non-corporal (without physical bodies) pure spirits, and spirits don’t have genders because a physical body and physical DNA are required for genders. But angels can assume bodily form or, more accurately, the appearance of bodily form. That means human depictions of angels as either male or female are illusions.

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      • Just hope it helps Traildust, also if its of any assitance, from my own research it seems the depiction of winged human-looking beings may stem, in part, from greece, since many of their so-called gods, male and female, were depicted as such, like nike (like the shoe, named for her no less), and thanatos their early deity of death before the olympian pollution, looks verymuch like what one would typically expect an “angel” to look like, even down to havign a sword, he just wasn’t wearing anything else but the sword belt (Such as this, no worries the carving has been damaged enough that nothing x-rated is showing: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Column_temple_Artemis_Ephesos_BM_Sc1206_n3.jpg ). Not that there weren’t angels having wings, but from what I’ve read out of the Bible, many of them seem to be rather odd critters, (more than two wings, head of an eagle, an ox, and a human, etc.) if the description is literal, or they take human form, and thus don’t have wings or much else out of the ordinary.

        I would also add one other note of caution in your looking though, watch out for some judaic/occultic angelology stuff, that usually files them into 10 classes, castes, or orders, all with a set “look” to them (winged flaming serpents, things full of eyeballs, lovecraftian type things etc. might’ve been where he got some inspiration, perhaps) except for the 10th, which is left ambiguous. If you haven’t run across this stuff yet I’d be surprised. (the occult these days is very much about making itself available by google etc.)

        Best regards.

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