Week 8 – Day 1

Prov. 9:10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

3:19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; He established the heavens by understanding.

8:30 …I was by Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.

Wisdom is the Spirit of God (cf. Exo. 28:3; Deut. 34:9), which is also Christ; thus, it can be poured out upon man (Prov. 1:23). This is very clear in the New Testament: those who receive wisdom are those who are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3, 10). First Corinthians 12:8 says that a word of wisdom is given to man through the Spirit; thus, we cannot receive the words in Proverbs by our natural concepts. Rather, we need to let the Spirit of God be poured upon us so that we may receive wisdom. (CWWL, 1956, vol. 1, p. 506)

Today’s Reading

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom…. She is more precious than corals, and nothing we desire compares with her. Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her, and happy are those who hold her fast (Prov. 3:13-18; 8:11). We should not let wisdom depart from our sight, but we should keep sound wisdom and discretion. They will be life for our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck (3:21-22). The real beauty is wisdom and discretion.

In certain portions of Proverbs the wisdom of God is personified. This personification of God’s wisdom is the second of the Trinity, the Son of God. Christ is the personified wisdom of God.

Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; He established the heavens by understanding (3:19). This One by whom Jehovah founded the earth and established the heavens is Christ, who is the wisdom of God.

In 8:22-31 personified wisdom says that Jehovah possessed her in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. Wisdom was set up from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth was. When there were no depths, wisdom was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, wisdom was brought forth; when He had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, wisdom was there; when He inscribed a circle upon the surface of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong, when He set for the sea its boundary, that the waters should not transgress His commandment, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then wisdom was by Him, as a master workman. Wisdom was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in His habitable earth; and wisdom’s delight was in the sons of men. Again, this personified wisdom refers to Christ.

In verses 12 through 21 we are told that wisdom dwells with prudence and finds knowledge and discretion. Counsel and sound wisdom are hers. Wisdom is understanding and has might. By wisdom kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By wisdom princes rule, and nobles—all who judge righteously. Wisdom loves those who love her, and those who seek wisdom diligently will find her. Riches and honor are with wisdom, enduring wealth and righteousness. Wisdom’s fruit is better than gold, even fine gold; and her yield than choice silver. Wisdom walks in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that wisdom may cause those who love her to inherit substance and that she may fill their treasuries. Once again, this personified wisdom signifies Christ. If we have Christ as wisdom, we have everything, including spiritual things and material things. (Life-study of Proverbs, pp. 9-11)

Further Reading: CWWL, 1953, vol. 2, pp. 213-223; CWWL, 1956, vol. 1, pp. 268-273, 501-507, 509-519