Prov 8:1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
‘Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.’ (William Cowper)
Prov 8:2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
Prov 8:3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
Prov 8:4 “To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
Prov 8:5 You who are simple”], gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
Prov 8:6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
Prov 8:7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
Prov 8:8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
Prov 8:9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
Prov 8:10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
Prov 8:11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Prov 8:12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
Prov 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behaviour and perverse speech.
Prov 8:14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
Prov 8:15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
Prov 8:16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
Prov 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Prov 8:18 With me are riches and honour, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Prov 8:19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Prov 8:20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
Prov 8:21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
Prov 8:22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
‘A special problem is the personification of wisdom in Pr. 8:22ff. Jb. 28 anticipates this personification by depicting wisdom as a mystery inscrutable to men but apparent to God. In Pr. 1:20–33 wisdom is likened to a woman crying in the streets for men to turn from their foolish ways and to find instruction and security in her (cf. also Pr. 3:15–20). The personification continues in Pr. 8 and reaches its climax in vv. 22ff., where wisdom claims to be the first creation of God and, perhaps, an assistant in the work of creation (8:30; cf. 3:19; the difficult ’āmôn, ‘as one brought up’ in AV, should be translated ‘master workman’, as in RV, RSV; see W. F. Albright in Wisdom in Israel and in the Ancient Near East, p. 8). The purpose of wisdom’s recitation of her credentials is to attract men to pay her rightful heed, as 8:32–36 indicates. Therefore, caution must be exercised in reading into this passage a view of hypostatization, i.e. that wisdom is depicted as having an independent existence. The Hebrews’ characteristic resistance to speculation and abstraction frequently led their poets to deal with inanimate objects or ideals as though they had personality.’ (NBD)
Prov 8:23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
Prov 8:24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
Prov 8:25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
Prov 8:26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
Prov 8:27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
Prov 8:28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
Prov 8:29 when he gave the sea its boundary so that the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Prov 8:30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
Prov 8:31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
Prov 8:32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Prov 8:33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Prov 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
Prov 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favour from the LORD.
Prov 8:36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”