Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8

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The Blessings of Wisdom

  Does not wisdom call?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
  On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
  beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
  “To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man.
  O simple ones, learn prudence;
    O fools, learn sense.
  Hear, for I will speak noble things,
    and from my lips will come what is right,
  for my mouth will utter truth;
    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
  All the words of my mouth are righteous;
    there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
  They are all straight to him who understands,
    and right to those who find knowledge.
  Take my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than choice gold,
  for wisdom is better than jewels,
    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
  “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
    and I find knowledge and discretion.
  The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
  Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
    and perverted speech I hate.
  I have counsel and sound wisdom;
    I have insight; I have strength.
  By me kings reign,
    and rulers decree what is just;
  by me princes rule,
    and nobles, all who govern justly.
  I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.
  Riches and honor are with me,
    enduring wealth and righteousness.
  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
    and my yield than choice silver.
  I walk in the way of righteousness,
    in the paths of justice,
  granting an inheritance to those who love me,
    and filling their treasuries.
  “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
    the first of his acts of old.
  Ages ago I was set up,
    at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
  When there were no depths I was brought forth,
    when there were no springs abounding with water.
  Before the mountains had been shaped,
    before the hills, I was brought forth,
  before he had made the earth with its fields,
    or the first of the dust of the world.
  When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
  when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established the fountains of the deep,
  when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
  when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
    then I was beside him, like a master workman,
  and I was daily his delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
  rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.
  “And now, O sons, listen to me:
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
  Hear instruction and be wise,
    and do not neglect it.
  Blessed is the one who listens to me,
    watching daily at my gates,
    waiting beside my doors.
  For whoever finds me finds life
    and obtains favor from the LORD,
  but he who fails to find me injures himself;
    all who hate me love death.”


Proverbs 8 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. “For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.”

Proverbs 8:34-35

I love this! In contrast to the lure of the seductress of folly we have been reading of, the charge is to tune our ears toward the voice of wisdom crying in the streets. Blessed is the individual who raises their head and bends their ear to the voice above the noise of reason. Blessed is the individual who watches daily for the working of God despite the current situation and looks for His wisdom that is there. Blessed is the person who stands and waits in expectation of wisdom finding Him at the doorposts.

God’s timing is always spot on even though it doesn’t or usually rarely happens when we expect.

The pursuit of wisdom, the wisdom of God, has been prevalent from the beginning of time. It was His wisdom that was present at the creation and deeply rests in His nature and purposes. This wisdom is available to all who will seek, who will knock for knowledge and insight, divine guidance in the waters we tread. But it means we must absolutely turn from the ‘potential’ of various situations and tune our thoughts and ways to Him. It means we must confidently watch for His answer, seek His position and pray in boldness for wisdom to navigate.

There must birth a holy determination in each of our lives to pursue God’s wisdom in matters we face. Oh, those who are weary of life at the moment – bend your ear and your knees to listen to Him. Oh those who are bombarded with decisions that are tough and are uncertain of what to choose, stand at His gates daily and seek. Oh those who are so discouraged, so overwhelmed by circumstances that have stolen your joy and taken your vision, wait at His doorposts for the answer.

Proverbs 8 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

When I was in college, I reluctantly took a poetry class. It was difficult for me, but I actually managed to learn a few things. The Bible is chock-full of literary masterpieces. The artistic flair of each writer shines with creativity. I think sometimes we assume that the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible, and that is true to an extent. However, just like spiritual gifts today, the authors had to cooperate with the Spirit and use their natural ability to beautifully articulate God’s truth.

With that being said, what can we take from Proverbs 8?

“I was there when He established the heavens, when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,  28  when He placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,  29  when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth.  30  I was a skilled craftsman beside Him. I was His delight every day, always rejoicing before Him.”

Proverbs 8:27-30 HCSB 

Who is the “I” in this passage? We know that “He” is God because this excerpt speaks of the creation process. Many people have interpreted this passage to describe Jesus Christ. Is that true?

The literary style being used here is personification. It is assigning human-like, personal attributes to an inanimate object. We know this to be the case by studying Verse 12…

I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness and have knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 8:12 HCSB 

Reading it this way, we get a clear picture of wisdom. True wisdom is greater than gold or silver. It uses good judgment and hates pride, arrogance and a perverted mouth. Wisdom fears God and is something that is found when sought after. Wisdom existed with God, but it was uniquely given through the person of Jesus Christ.

“Wisdom had a beginning only in the sense that God singled it out for special display at that time; insofar as it is one of God’s perfections, it has always existed (v. Pro 8:23). These verses provide part of the background for the NT portrayal of Christ as the divine Word (Joh 1:1-3) and as the wisdom of God (1Co 1:24, 1Co 1:30; Col 2:3).”

Nelson’s Commentary

Wisdom is Jesus Christ!

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