06/05/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 7 – 9

I do not think you could read Chapter 8 and not be overcome with the importance of “wisdom.”  In particular I found great truth in v. 12 — Wisdom is found together with prudence i.e.,  “carefulness, good sense.”

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.

The multiple verses on the inspired origin of wisdom in vv. 22-31 also caught my eye:

2“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
    before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 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.
30     Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.


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