Proverbs 8 - Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible - Bible Commentaries - (2023)

Verse 1

"This chapter forms at once the nucleus and the climax of this section of Proverbs. It includes a profound presentation of Wisdom as the moving principle of the ways of God."[1]

The great problem in the chapter is the interpretation of Proverbs 8:22-31. Are they to be understood as speaking of Christ; or, are they merely a personification of Wisdom in the literary and poetic sense alone?

That the passage most certainly carries the most significant overtones of Jesus Christ himself is undeniable, although it falls short of being a prophecy. It is primarily a personification of Wisdom; and that pinpoints the stupidity of the Arian heresy that tried to challenge the Divinity and Eternal Existence of Christ upon the basis of a personification, a personification that does not pretend to say even one word about Jesus Christ.

Nevertheless, Christ is most certainly in it; and there is nothing here that, in any sense, contradicts the New Testament revelation concerning either our Lord Jesus Christ or the acceptance for generations of the teachings of Christian theologians who have applied many of the things written here to Christ.

"Solomon, the wisest of men, had in himself personally become (almost) a personification of a dark and vicious life. Being himself so wise, how could he have failed to know that someday there would indeed be an Incarnate Wisdom, a glorious and eternal contrast with the Incarnate Vice (whom he had just described in the previous chapter, and to which he himself bore a striking resemblance)? In his marvelous description of Wisdom personified, and in tracing out her sweet and high-souled utterances the teacher (Solomon), unconsciously to himself, becomes a prophet, and presents, as we shall see, a faint and wavering image of Him who of God was to be made the Wisdom of God unto men and who would exhibit the perfect life embodying in their fullness all of the attributes of Wisdom."[2]

"The Christological interpretation of this chapter has existed from the earliest Christian centuries. Such New Testament passages as 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:3; and Revelation 3:14, written by the apostles Paul and John, clearly teach that the terminology used in this chapter regarding Wisdom has its full and complete meaning only in, `Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God' (1 Corinthians 1:24)."[3]

Deane's outline of the chapter is:

"I. Wisdom calls all to listen (Proverbs 8:1-5), and gives reasons for trusting her (Proverbs 8:6-11).

II. Displays her excellence (Proverbs 8:12-21).

III. She discourses regarding her eternity (Proverbs 8:22-31).

IV. She again warns against disobeying her commandments."[4]

Proverbs 8:1-5


"Doth not wisdom cry,

And understanding put forth her voice?

On the top of high places by the way,

Where the paths meet, she standeth;

Beside the gates, at the entrance of the city,

At the coming in of the doors, she crieth aloud:

Unto you, O men, I call;

And my voice is unto the sons of men.

O ye simple, understand prudence;

And ye fools, be of an understanding heart."

What a contrast there is between the woman Wisdom, as depicted here, and the woman Vice as revealed in the previous chapter! "Wisdom does not speak in whispered seductive tones under the cover of twilight and darkness";[5] she thunders the truth from the gates of the city, shouts it in the public streets, and demands that all men of every class and condition heed her admonitions.

"O, ye simple, ye fools ... understand" (Proverbs 8:5). "The `simple' here are not the mentally handicapped, but sinners. The word `fools' is what we call the moral vocabulary of Proverbs. The word is used 49 times in Proverbs, eighteen times in Ecclesiastes, and three times elsewhere."[6]

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Verse 6


"Hear, for I will speak excellent things;

And the opening of my lips shall be right things.

For my mouth shall utter truth;

And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;

There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.

They are all plain to him that understandeth,

And right to them that find knowledge.

Receive my instruction, and not silver;

And knowledge rather than choice gold.

For wisdom is better than rubies;

And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to her."

"Proverbs 8:6-9 here form a group of aphorisms, all saying substantially the same thing, with variations of phraseology."[7] Men should heed the words of Wisdom because they are true, righteous, valuable, more desirable than gold, just, holy and absolutely devoid of anything crooked or corrupt.

"They are all plain ... to them that find knowledge" (Proverbs 8:9). There's something special about this verse. "We have the assumption here that people know in their hearts that God's moral procedure is right, and a direct recognition of the insight of the conscience. The world is divided into two classes, the wise and the fools, and it depends upon the man's will to which of these he shall belong."[8]

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Verse 12


"I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling,

And find out knowledge and discretion.

The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil:

Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,

And the perverse mouth do I hate.

Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge:

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I am understanding; I have might.

By me kings reign,

And princes decree justice.

By me princes rule,

And nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

I love them that love me;

And those that seek me diligently shall find me.

Riches and honor are with me;

Yea, durable wealth and righteousness.

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold;

And my revenue than choice silver.

I walk in the way of righteousness,

In the midst of the paths of justice;

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance,

And that I may fill their treasuries."

"I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling ..." (Proverbs 8:12). Anchor Bible's rendition of this is, "I am Wisdom. My neighbor is intelligence. I am found in company with knowledge and thought."[9]

"Counsel is mine ... I have might" (Proverbs 8:14). "The things mentioned in this verse are attributes of God Himself."[10]

"By me kings reign" (Proverbs 8:15). "Not only in the common lives of common men, but also in the exercise of the very highest sovereignties, men must have this Wisdom in order to succeed."[11] "Proverbs 8:17-21 teach men how to make life a success, in the worldly sense."[12] However, it is in the application of the principles of the true Wisdom in the moral and spiritual phases of one's life that by far the greatest rewards of Wisdom are to be received.

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Verse 22


"Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way,

Before his works of old.

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,

Before the earth was.

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When there were no depths, I was brought forth,

When there were no fountains abounding with water.

Before the mountains were settled,

Before the hills was I brought forth;

While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,

Nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

When he established the heavens, I was there:

When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,

When he made firm the skies above,

When the fountains of the deep became strong,

When he gave to the sea its bound,

That the waters should not transgress his commandment,

When he marked out the foundations of the earth;

Then I was by him as a master workman;

And I was daily his delight,

Rejoicing always before him,

Rejoicing in his habitable earth;

And my delight was with the sons of men."

These verses are among the most discussed passages in all the Bible. Here was a prominent battle ground of the great Arian controversy, which was led by Arius and his followers during the fourth century of this era. They denied the oneness of Jesus Christ with the Father, basing their arguments largely upon Proverbs 8:22 in this passage. We have already noted the stupidity of that argument, on the grounds that the passage does not even mention Christ. That many of the things here stated with regard to Wisdom are also most certainly true of Christ is no proof whatever that everything here said of Wisdom is also true of Christ. Therefore, even if Wisdom was created by God, how could that prove that Christ was a created being? This, of course, is totally apart from the fact that the Septuagint (LXX) mistranslation of Proverbs 8:22, upon which the Arians based their heresy, was simply that, a mistranslation.

"Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way" (Proverbs 8:22). This is the line which the Septuagint (LXX) translated, "The Lord made me the beginning of his ways."[13] The Arians, of course, read this, "The Lord created me, etc." The current tragedy is that the RSV has erroneously translated this verse as, "The Lord created me at the beginning of his work." It is absolutely impossible that the RSV is correct in this rendition. F. C. Cook, writing in Barnes' Notes, declared that, "There is no ground for the thought of creation either in the meaning of the root or in the general usage of the word."[14] Even the Anchor Bible rejected the stupid error of the RSV in this verse, rendering it, "The Lord possessed me, the first principle of his sovereignty."[15] Kidner identifies the source of the false rendition in the RSV, pointing out that, "Ugaritic literature (and the paganism that dominates it) has recently swung opinion toward `created' as in the RSV."[16]

The false notion that, "Wisdom was the first of God's works,"[17] overlooks the axiomatic truth that nothing could have been created, not even wisdom, without the Creator's prior possession of it. Any other postulation on this appears to this writer as the height of the ridiculous.

Ordinary human intelligence dramatically refutes such a corrupt rendition. How, in the name of all that is reasonable, could God have created that Wisdom by which the worlds were made, if he did not indeed already possess it? Let the scholars who authored this ridiculous translation answer that! "To say that God at first lacked Wisdom by which he would create all things, and that He had first either to create it or learn it is absurd."[18] The true translation of this Proverbs 8:22 is that in the KJV, which is also followed in the ASV.

"Great controversy for ages has raged over the word from which the various words, made, possessed, and created have been translated."[19] But the truth is apparent even to the unlearned that God did not need to create wisdom, he possessed it! And if God had not already possessed it, He would never, in a billion years, have been able to create it! In this connection, it must be remembered that the wisdom mentioned here was that knowledge by which heaven and earth were created.

Many scholars have devoted countless pages to the discussion of the problem reviewed here; but we shall not further bother with an old controversy that was actually decided more than a thousand years ago. It is all resolved in the one incontrovertible truth that God did indeed "possess" (that's the key word) all Wisdom, all Knowledge, all Intelligence, Omnipotence, Ubiquitousness, and Omniscience from the eternal past.

Furthermore, even the Septuagint (LXX) statement that, "The Lord made me (Wisdom) the beginning of his ways," in no way suggests that God needed to create wisdom. The passage merely says that God made it the beginning (or foundation) of all his works; and God could not possibly have done THAT unless he did indeed already possess Wisdom.

So the Arian heresy died because (1) It was founded upon a passage that did not say what they alleged that it said, and (2) because if it indeed had said such a thing, it would not have applied to Christ, because the whole passage is a literary personification in which Christ is not even mentioned.

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"I was set up from everlasting" (Proverbs 8:23). It is impossible that this could have been said of any created thing. The eternity of wisdom as a possession of God is here clearly stated. This verse says that, "Wisdom is eternal."[20] The RSV translators, seeing that this contradicted their false rendition of Proverbs 8:22, made it read, "Ages ago"; but unless we are willing to allow modern unbelievers to re-write the holy Bible to please themselves, we should reject their changes out of hand.

"Before the earth was ... when there were no depths ... fountains ... mountains ...hills ... nor fields ... I was there" (Proverbs 8:23-27). "These several expressions all say that Wisdom is eternal."[21]

"When he made firm the skies above" (Proverbs 8:28). The basic truth of this statement is totally lost on some evil writers. The skies above us ARE INDEED FIRM. The atmosphere itself is a divine coat of armor that protects the planet earth (1) from the ultra-violet radiation that would destroy all life without that "firm" atmosphere which includes the protective layer of ozone, and (2) also from the myriads of wandering meteorites, which long ago would have pock-mocked our earth in a manner similar to that which is seen on the moon if it had not been for those "firm" skies. Every time one sees what is called "a falling star," he is really witnessing our "firm" skies burning up and destroying another meteorite.

The destructive critics writing in the International Critical Commentary have perverted this passage by identifying it with Babylonian mythology, affirming that the Bible here teaches that, "The sky was a solid dome supported on pillars, that there were two oceans, one beneath the earth and another above that solid dome, and that the rain came down when God opened the windows of heaven (Genesis 7:11). All of this is an imaginary construction of modern (unbelieving) authors who take literally the figurative and poetic expressions of Biblical passages and, putting them together, build a crude cosmology which the Bible does not teach."[22]

Unbelieving critics love to literalize Biblical passages for the purpose of denying the truth. A New Testament example is in the statement of Christ regarding the deceased daughter of Jairus, "The child is not dead, but sleepeth" (Mark 5:39).

Toy's writing with regard to the "windows" of heaven was cited by Harris as another example of this same evil device.[23] Ancient windows could not open and close as do ours. The Bible also noted that, "The windows of heaven" could let down barley and flour, and other blessings (2 Kings 7:2; Malachi 3:10); and even a grammar school student should be able to recognize such language as figurative.

This wicked habit of unbelieving writers may properly be called "the fundamentalism of critics." Quite inconsistently, they deny many plain and literal statements of God's Word, making light of Christians who believe them; and then, they themselves will deliberately literalize any figurative passage that may serve their purpose.

"I was by him ... a master workman ... daily his delight ... rejoicing always before him ... and my delight was with the sons of men" (Proverbs 8:30-31). All of these expressions find their full explanation in the New Testament; and that is why Christian theologians for centuries have seen Jesus Christ as the Wisdom of God who is mentioned in this remarkable passage. Christ was in the beginning with God, and was God, and without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-5). Yes, John used the word Logos here (a word identified with the philosopher Philo); but, "Philo's [@logos] was impersonal ... So when John speaks of the Word (the [@Logos]), he teaches the true Hebrew idea of a personal, creating God, thus using Philo's word to reject and contradict Philo's thought."[24]

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Verse 32


"Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me;

For blessed are they that keep my ways.

Hear instruction, and be wise,

And refuse it not.

Blessed is the man that heareth me,

Watching daily at my gates,

Waiting at the posts of my doors.

For whoso findeth me findeth life,

And shall obtain favor of Jehovah.

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:

And they that hate me love death."

"This conclusion states the happiness of those who obey her (Wisdom), and the evil fate of those who reject her."[25] Of course, the paramount application of these verses relates them either to the obedience or the rejection of Jesus Christ.

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What is the main message of Proverbs 8? ›

Proverbs 8 portrays wisdom as a woman who calls people to learn her ways and find life. In this video, we ask, Whose wisdom do we choose to live by? Proverbs 8 portrays wisdom as a woman who calls people to learn her ways and find life.

Who wrote Coffman commentary? ›

James Burton Coffman was a prolific author, preacher, teacher and leader among churches of Christ in the 20th century. In his lifetime, Coffman baptized over 3000 people and authored what many people consider to be one of the finest modern, conservative commentary series ever written.

What does the book of Proverbs teach us about wisdom? ›

Therefore, the chief aim of the book of Proverbs is to bring divine truth into proper focus, enabling us to look at life through God's eyes—from His eternal, all-knowing point of view—and then live accordingly. Proverbs teaches us how to gain wisdom from God's reproofs so that, in the power of the Spirit, we will obey.

What is the message of Proverbs in the Bible? ›

Themes. Proverbs is largely concerned with the inevitability of God's justice and the importance of prudence and moderation. Solomon's proverbs maintain that wicked deeds will invariably lead to divine retribution and punishment during a person's earthly life.

What is the enduring word of Bible Proverbs 8? ›

Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.

What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart meaning? ›

"Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man `unclean. ' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Who is James Coffman? ›

Colonel James Henry Coffman Jr.

(born 1954) is a U.S. Army officer who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valorous conduct while serving as an advisor with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq attached to the Iraqi Special Police Commandos in Mosul, Iraq in 2004.

What denomination is Matthew Henry Commentary? ›

Henry had begun this massive work in November 1704. By the time of his death ten years later, the project had got as far as the end of the book of Acts. It would be finished by a number of ministers after his death. The commentary is quintessentially Puritan.

Who wrote the Moody Bible commentary? ›

About the Author

CHARLES DYER (B.A., Washington Bible College; Th. M. and Ph. D., Dallas Theological Seminary) served for ten years as provost of Moody Bible Institute before becoming professor-at-large of Bible and host of The Land and the Book radio program.

Who is Lady wisdom in Proverbs 8? ›

Lady Wisdom is a literary personification of God's own wisdom. When humans walk in God's wisdom, they most closely exemplify the image of God in humanity as they were intended to, and it brings them great joy.

What is the best way to study Proverbs? ›

How to Interpret Proverbs: 5 Principles to Guide Your Study
  1. Interpret each proverb dependent on God's assistance. ...
  2. Study the proverb's historical and cultural context. ...
  3. Examine the proverb's literary context. ...
  4. Consider how the proverb incorporates general revelation. ...
  5. Analyze the proverb's internal structure.
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What are the 5 areas of life covered by Proverbs? ›

As I meditated on these five elements—rooted in His grace, obeying and delighting in His Word, humble before other people, sacrificially generous toward our neighbor, and steadfast in trials—I thought of Jesus. You can only grow in these five areas if you know you are saved by costly grace.

What is the main teaching of the book of Proverbs? ›

The proverbs focus as much on the quirks of human nature as they do on the basic behavior of a righteous person and on man's proper relationship to God.

Which is your most meaningful proverb? ›

Honesty is the best policy

It is best to always be honest and tell the truth. By doing so, you will win the trust and respect of others.

What are the six functions of Proverbs? ›

When proverbs are used in the speech, they have various functions. Some of the functions of proverbs in the Dawro Society are: advising, warning, criticizing, encouraging, informing, expressing feelings etc. To advise means to tell somebody what to do or not to do with enough reasons.

What is the commentary of Proverbs 8 36? ›

Proverbs 8:32–36 describes wisdom as having existed harmoniously with God before He created the world and everything in it. Now he urges his "sons," who might be students, to pay attention to wisdom, because wisdom blesses those who do so. However, those who reject wisdom receive injuries and death.

What does love endures all things mean? ›

Love that “endures all things” is love that hopes in the face of circumstances that often seem dark.

What is the commentary of Proverbs 8 35? ›

This verse gives us a picture of a wisdom personified. So it's a wisdom speaking to us as we're reading this and the Bible says, “forever finds me”. So wisdom speaking, “whoever finds me”, whoever finds wisdom finds life and obtains favor from the Lord but he who fails to find me injures himself.

How do you guard your heart? ›

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

What is the connection between the mouth and the heart? ›

Inflammation, which causes swelling, is proven to lead to hardened arteries, putting you at greater risk for heart attack and stroke. Bacteria and other toxins spreading below the gum line can cause infection that can then lead to heart problems. Your gums are full of blood vessels, and your mouth is full of bacteria.

What are unclean things in God's sight? ›

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defiled a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

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New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments (NICOT/NICNT) NICOT/NICNT volumes are some of the highest-rated evangelical commentaries in existence. On 15 volumes are ranked #1 for their book.

What denomination is true Jesus church? ›

The True Jesus Church (TJC) is a non-denominational Christian Church that originated in Beijing, China, during the Pentecostal movement in the early twentieth century.

Is William Tyndale Catholic? ›

William Tyndale (/ˈtɪndəl/; sometimes spelled Tynsdale, Tindall, Tindill, Tyndall; c. 1494 – c. 6 October 1536) was an English biblical scholar and linguist who became a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation in the years leading up to his execution.

What religion is Moody Bible? ›

Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is a private evangelical Christian Bible college in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by evangelist and businessman Dwight Lyman Moody in 1886. Historically, MBI has maintained positions that have identified it as non-charismatic, dispensational, and generally Calvinistic.

What religion was moody? ›

In April 1855 Moody was converted to evangelical Christianity when his Sunday school teacher, Edward Kimball, talked to him about how much God loved him. His conversion sparked the start of his career as an evangelist.

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Who was Proverbs 8 written by? ›

The book is a compilation of several wisdom literature collections, with the heading in 1:1 may be intended to regard Solomon as the traditional author of the whole book, but the dates of the individual collections are difficult to determine, and the book probably obtained its final shape in the post-exilic period.

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The Second Gift of the Holy Spirit:

Understanding is the second gift of the Holy Spirit, behind only wisdom. It differs from wisdom in that wisdom is the desire to contemplate the things of God, while understanding allows us, as Fr. John A.

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Ruth is compared to that woman of virtue. A virtuous woman means one who shows moral excellence or one who leads a virtuous life. Ruth was a woman of moral excellence. Her signature statement in Ruth 1:16-17 and the way she related with Naomi and Boaz shows her to be a woman of high moral standard.

Why did Jesus speak in Proverbs? ›

According to Matthew, Jesus speaks in parables because the people do not see, hear and understand. The reason for their inability to comprehend, is their rejection of Jesus.

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Three Steps to Study Proverbs
  • Pray for Focus: there is a lot of information packed into very few words. ...
  • Ponder: Let the proverb linger: don't rush; pray that God will speak to you through his Holy Spirit in allowing you to ponder, to breathe in important nuggets for you in your life.
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What are the two types of Proverbs? ›

A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is a type of a conventional saying similar to proverbs and transmitted by oral tradition. The difference is that a proverb is a fixed expression, while a proverbial phrase permits alterations to fit the grammar of the context.

What are the five crowns of life? ›

Proponents of this concept interpret these passages as specifying five separate crowns, these being the Crown of Life; the Incorruptible Crown; the Crown of Righteousness; the Crown of Glory; and the Crown of Exultation.

What are the 7 pillars in Proverbs? ›

Wisdom's Seven Pillars is a women's Bible study by Author Nancy Sari that teaches the seven pillars that uphold wisdom's house found in Proverbs 9:1. Wisdom's seven pillars, according to scripture, are: fear of the Lord, instruction, knowledge, understanding, discretion, counsel, and reproof.

What are 4 words that relate to Proverbs? ›

  • adage.
  • apothegm.
  • axiom.
  • dictum.
  • maxim.
  • moral.
  • precept.
  • proverb.

What does Proverbs 8 say about the benefits of wisdom? ›

The Bible tells us, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it” (Proverbs 8:11).

What is Proverbs 8 1 devotional? ›

Proverbs 8:1, NASB: Does not wisdom call, And understanding raise her voice? Proverbs 8:1, NLT: Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!

What is the meaning of Proverbs 8 8? ›

CSB All the words from my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse. NLT My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. KJV All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

What is Proverbs 8 verse 8? ›

Proverbs 8:8 in Other Translations

8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. 8 My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it.

What is the commentary of Proverbs 8 10 11? ›

Wisdom speaks candidly and plainly. In verses 10-11, she invites the “sons of man” to pursue her over wealth. She invites mankind to value her above riches. Knowing that the human race is infatuated with making money and lots of it, she plainly puts her value higher than that which we value the most.

What is the prayer for Proverbs 8? ›

Proverbs 8:10–11 Prays For Wisdom

Just in everything I think, and desire, and say, and do. God, I pray for wisdom, I pray for your wisdom. I want your wisdom more than I want millions of dollars. I want your wisdom.

What is the commentary on Proverbs 8 1 4? ›

God's delight is the power that drives God to create, forming all that is through the ordering power of divine joy. Human life, guided by God's Wisdom in the ways of righteousness, is God's special delight; Wisdom draws human beings into delighted relationship with the divine.

What does Proverbs 8 1 11 mean? ›

Proverbs 8:1–11 comes immediately after a potent warning about a promiscuous, seductive woman. Here, Solomon again presents a woman, this time as wisdom personified (Proverbs 1:20). She calls from everywhere to men to learn prudence and sense. She cites the value of learning from her.

What is the spiritual meaning of proverb? ›

Prov·​erbs ˈpräv-ˌərbz. : a collection of moral sayings and counsels forming a book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture see bible table.

What does it mean to hunger and thirst over righteousness? ›

Hunger and thirst represent the desperate longing of the previous Beatitudes (the poor in spirit, the mournful and the meek in Matthew 5:3-5). "It means if you thirst after righteousness, you want to live a godly life," says Morgan, 10. "It also means you would act like God would want you to live."

What are the 7 pillars of wisdom in proverbs? ›

Wisdom's Seven Pillars is a women's Bible study by Author Nancy Sari that teaches the seven pillars that uphold wisdom's house found in Proverbs 9:1. Wisdom's seven pillars, according to scripture, are: fear of the Lord, instruction, knowledge, understanding, discretion, counsel, and reproof.

Who wrote the book of Proverbs 8? ›

Some of the book of Proverbs is attributed to “Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel” (see Proverbs 1:1; 10:1; 25:1; see also 1 Kings 4:32; Guide to the Scriptures, “Proverb—the book of Proverbs”;

What does it mean a wise woman builds her house? ›

3) Like Lydia, a wise woman builds her house by working diligently with her own hands; she is successful at business (Acts 16, see Proverbs 31).

What is the meaning of Proverbs 8 30? ›

In Proverbs 8, Wisdom is present with God in the act of creation; she was “beside him, like a master workman, and [she] was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man” (Prov. 8:30–31). The term translated “master workman” (v.


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