This is that fruit of wisdom which is better than gold, than fine gold, it leads us in the way of righteousness, shows us that way and goes before us in it, the way that God would have us walk in and which will certainly bring us to our desired end. Proverbs 8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. understand wisdom. Lady Wisdom in Proverbs 8: Was She a Co-Creator with God? Verses 32-36 We have here the application of Wisdom’s discourse; the design and tendency of it is to bring us all into an entire subjection to the laws of religion, to make us wise and good, not to fill our heads with speculations, or our tongues with disputes, but to rectify what is amiss in our hearts and lives. They are designed to make them wise (v. 5); they are calculated not only for men that are capable of wisdom, but for sinful men, fallen men, foolish men, that need it, and are undone without it: "O you simple ones! Earlier verses addressed the tendency of kings to overindulge in sex through the collecting of harems and thus being destroyed. It gives men good hearts, v. 13. thou hast destroyed thyself. Proverbs 8:6-9. Though you are ever so simple, Wisdom will take you for her scholars, and not only so, but, if you will be ruled by her, will undertake to give you an understanding heart.’’ When sinners leave their sins, and become truly religious, then the simple understand wisdom. You should be able to hear the wise words. They are all plain, and not hard to be understood. And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. An exhortation to hear and obey the voice of Wisdom, to attend and comply with the good instructions that the word of God gives us, and in them to discern the voice of Christ, as the sheep know the shepherd’s voice.1. It includes a profound presentation of Wisdom as the moving principle of the ways of God.". The fear of the A remnant of the sons of men were given him to be brought, through his grace, to his glory, and these were those in whom his delights were. 17:14 ), but not their treasures, for they cannot in them secure to themselves goods for many years; perhaps they may be deprived of them this night. God’s ministers are appointed to testify to people both publicly and from house to house. They are left to ruin themselves, and Wisdom will not hinder them, because they have set at nought all her counsel. What does Proverbs 8:12 mean? " 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. She again warns against disobeying her commandments.". It is a fatal mistake to trust in yourself, much more trusting your own understanding. Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. The Son also rejoiced always before him, delighted to do his will (Ps. We may apply it to Christ himself; he dwells with prudence, for his whole undertaking is the wisdom of God in a mystery, and in it God abounds towards us in all wisdom and prudence. 8. The origin of most common proverbs generally lies in local or universal truths and principles. " 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. 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. "Proverbs 8:6-9 here form a group of aphorisms, all saying substantially the same thing, with variations of phraseology. He was no less active when, on the second day, he stretched out the firmament, the vast expanse, and set that as a compass upon the face of the depth (v. 27), surrounded it on all sides with that canopy, that curtain. G. Campbell Morgan on Proverbs 8: “There is nothing greater or grander in all the Biblical literature, as setting forth the beauty and grace of that wisdom which has the fear of Jehovah as its chief part.” A. Strange has a meaning of being alien. She was a “craftsman at his side” (v. 30). No; thou art of yesterday.’’ But here the Son of God, referring, as it should seem, to the discourse God had with Job, declares himself to have been engaged in that which Job could not pretend to be a witness of and a worker in, the creation of the world. He was daily his Father’s delight (my elect, in whom my soul delighteth, says God, Isa. This doesn’t mean that Wisdom is a separate, spiritual being, who predates other created beings and gives away secret knowledge apart from God. When a teacher was raised to the position of professor, he was presented with an actual chair as a symbol of his elevated status in the world of learning. Proverbs 8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? We must bid it welcome, receive the impressions of it, and submit to the command of it; and this rather than choice gold, that is, 1. The initial question is proposed in verse 1. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Things which relate to an eternal God, an immortal soul, and an everlasting state, must needs be excellent things. "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). (Read all of Proverbs 8) Pr 8:1-36 . " "Proverbs 8:17-21 teach men how to make life a success, in the worldly sense. In Proverbs 1:20-33, Solomon describes wisdom as a woman. We must be dead to the wealth of this world, that we may the more closely and earnestly apply ourselves to the business of religion. In order to this, here is,I. While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields. But before the hills was the eternal Word brought forth. If our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are lost; but to those who depart from evil, which is understanding, who have that good understanding which those have who do the commandments, to them they are all plain and there is nothing difficult in them. [1.] Commentary for Proverbs 8 . [2.] Proverbs 8 as an Encomium. March 11, 2013 When we last looked at the Book of Proverbs we had left off with Proverbs 1:7 which we stated was the theme or motto of the book. 1:2 ; Col. 1:16 . The book of Proverbs begins with several speeches of a father urging his son to listen to the instruction of his parents (Prov. Within chaps. 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. In Proverbs 1, Wisdom is angry with evil people. A proverb is a short, pithy saying that expresses a traditionally held truth or piece of advice, based on common sense or experience. Verses 8 and 9 are part of a larger discourse which goes through verse 19 and discusses good and bad behavior, This is the “first of a series of admonitory discourses in chapters i-ix calls on the youth, when tempted by the plausible suggestion of bad companions that violent crime is a safe and easy way to wealth, to be faithful to the moral training received from his parents.” (Scott p 27) My voice is to the sons of men, who are concerned to receive instruction, and to whom, one would think, it should be very welcome. He does not walk upright. 8. There’s no middle ground.. Proverbs 8:17-21 teach men how to make life a success, in the worldly sense." NIV Faith and Work Bible, hardcover. 6 (12-21) Christ one with the Father, in the creation of the world, and rejoicing in his work for the salvation of man. All their happiness they have as heirs; it is grounded upon their sonship. IV. Wisdom was present as the first of the Lord’s works. But let the treasures of the soul be ever so capacious there is enough in God, and Christ, and heaven, to fill them. These verses are among the most discussed passages in all the Bible. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In this verse wisdom is linked to a specific set of virtues: prudence, knowledge, and discretion. Play Audio: Fear and hate are good! 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). 1. (2.) The Father delighted in the Son, as Mediator between him and man, was well-pleased with what he proposed (Mt. Verses 1-11 The will of God revealed to us for our salvation is here largely represented to us as easy to be known and understood, that none may have an excuse for their ignorance or error, and as worthy to be embraced, that none may have an excuse for their carelessness and unbelief.I. Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 18:20 . 9:18 . Instruction must not only be heard, but received. 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.". Those therefore do a great wrong to the common people who deny them the use of the scripture under pretence that they cannot understand it, whereas it is plain for plain people. 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. They are nothing but common and traditional sayings which explain some truth. Though Proverbs is a book that focuses on practical life, it is founded on this important principle: wisdom begins with a right relationship with God. Of the satisfaction they had in each other, with reference to the great work of man’s redemption. Proverbs 1:8, ESV: "Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching," Proverbs 1:8, KJV: "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:" Next » Chapter 9. Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. 19:48 and ch. .—A description of the influence of bribery:— A bribe is as a jewel in the eyes of him that receives it; whithersoever he turns he prospers: all his energies are called out by the prospect of gain, so that he carries out successfully all that he sets his hand to. Sometimes it is hard to keep that in mind. Anchor Bible's rendition of this is, "I am Wisdom. 21:38) came early in the morning to hear him. (AI) 30 Then I was constantly[e]at his side. "Wisdom does not speak in whispered seductive tones under the cover of twilight and darkness"; 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. III. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 8:1 This is the second of Solomon's three poems. "O, ye simple, ye fools ... understand" (Proverbs 8:5). Proverbs 8. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. The way of religion is a highway, and the way-faring men, though fools, shall not err therein, Isa. The false notion that, "Wisdom was the first of God's works," overlooks the axiomatic truth that nothing could have been created, not even wisdom, without the Creator's prior possession of it. His personality and distinct subsistence, one with the Father and of the same essence, and yet a person of himself, whom the Lord possessed (v. 22), who was set up (v. 23), was brought forth (v. 24, v. 25), was by him (v. 30), for he was the express image of his person, Heb. Proverbs 8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 1:20 . Christ by his Spirit guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness, and they walk after the Spirit. 29:29 ), and we need not soar up to heaven, or dive into the depths, to get the knowledge of them (Deu. 104:31 . 42:1 ), and he also rejoiced always before him. Those that have their wealth from God’s blessing on their industry, and that have a heart to do good with it, have riches and righteousness. The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work, 1 Pt. Because of our sin nature, power and wealth tend to be corrupting influences. Whatever may have been the satisfaction experienced by devout minds in reading this chapter, as if it contained the words of Christ and evidence of His pre-existent Divinity, I dare not withhold what I believe to be the true principle of interpretation. Of the pleasure which the Father took in the operations of the Son, when he made the world; God saw every thing that the Son made, and, behold, it was very good, it pleased him, and therefore his Son was daily, day by day, during the six days of the creation, upon that account, his delight, Ex. Wisdom explains herself (v. 23): I was set up from everlasting. They are seeking Wisdom, and they shall find what they seek. They shall be happy in the success of their enquiries after him: "Those that seek me early, seek an acquaintance with me and an interest in me, seek me early, that is, seek me earnestly, seek me first before any thing else, that begin betimes in the days of their youth to seek me, they shall find what they seek.’’ Christ shall be theirs, and they shall be his. Silver, gold, rubies... shiny, but not as important as learning knowledge and wisdom. The eternal Word had a being before man was made, for in him was the life of men. She was present throughout the process of creation. 1:10) and live a godly and successful life (Prov. We had found out many inventions for our ruin; he found out one for our recovery. An exhortation to hear and obey the voice of Wisdom, to attend and comply with the good instructions that the word of God gives us, and in them to discern the voice of Christ, as the sheep know the shepherd’s voice.1. It has a great influence upon public affairs and the well-governing of all societies, v. 14. (Job. The word of God is two-fold, and, in both senses, is wisdom; for a word without wisdom is of little value, and wisdom without a word is of little use. In this connection, it must be remembered that the wisdom mentioned here was that knowledge by which heaven and earth were created. "I. 1:3 .II. Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.. Ver. We must be diligent hearers of the word; for how can we believe in him of whom we have not heard? Mishlei - Proverbs - Chapter 8 « Previous Chapter 7. V. The gracious concern he had for mankind, v. 31. She was a “craftsman at his side” (v. 30). The current tragedy is that the RSV has erroneously translated this verse as, "The Lord created me at the beginning of his work." Therefore, even if Wisdom was created by God, how could that prove that Christ was a created being? It will bring us in a better price, be to us a better portion; show it forth, and it will be a better ornament than jewels and precious stones of the greatest value. Spiritual and eternal things are the only real and substantial things. Explanation and Commentary on Proverbs 31:8-9. The things revealed are easy to be known, for they belong to us and to our children (Deu. We are concerned to hear; for, 1. 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. Expansion of idea Talk of the Devil, and he will appear.The following page provides best proverbs for students and these are the proverbs with explanation in pdf. Proverbs 1:8-9. That he was brought forth as to his being, and set up as to the divine counsels concerning his office, before the world was made, is here set forth in a great variety of expressions, much the same with those by which the eternity of God himself is expressed. So also in Proverbs the chair or throne symbolizes a seat of honor (cf. "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. (22-31) Exhortations to hear Christ's word. This is construed into hating Wisdom, hating Christ; they are his enemies, who will not have him to reign over them. 2. 35:8 . NIV Life Connect Study Bible, hardcover. Does not understanding raise her voice? There's something special about this verse. Whatever we can sit down and wish for of the wealth of this world would, if we had it, be unworthy to be compared with the advantages that attend serious godliness. The most explicit and lengthy biblical comment is in Sir 24 ; it too has thirty-five lines in seven five-line stanzas and develops the theme of Wisdom’s intimacy with God and desire to … Wisdom is personified as a woman here and Some understand it of the Divine wisdom; others of the second person in the Godhead: and it cannot be denied that some passages best agree to the former, and others to the latter opinion. A proverb is basically just an expression or saying based on common sense or experience. God wants you to be prudent and successful with Are they to be understood as speaking of Christ; or, are they merely a personification of Wisdom in the literary and poetic sense alone? not to you, O scholars! The curses and blessings were read with a loud voice by the Levites, Deu. 3. Or, 3. The Biblical Illustrator. Before the habitable parts of the world, which men cultivate, and reap the profits of (v. 26), the fields in the valleys and plains, to which the mountains are as a wall, which are the highest part of the dust of the world; the first part of the dust (so some), the atoms which compose the several parts of the world; the chief or principal part of the dust, so it may be read, and understood of man, who was made of the dust of the ground and is dust, but is the principal part of the dust, dust enlivened, dust refined. 3:17 ), and therefore loved him because he undertook to lay down his life for the sheep; he put a confidence in him that he would go through his work, and not fail nor fly off. Be it spoken to the honour of religion that, however it is unjustly accused, it is so far from making men conceited and sour that there is nothing more directly contrary to it than pride and passion, nor which it teaches us more to detest.III. 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. Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society's values and beliefs is its proverbs. Jesus stood and cried, Jn. Jesus spoke in the synagogues and in the temple, whither the Jews always resorted, Jn. It will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones. We learned earlier that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. and delighting in mankind. His personality and distinct subsistence, one with the Father and of the same essence, and yet a person of himself, whom the Lord possessed (Proverbs 8:22), who was set up (Proverbs 8:23), was brought forth (Proverbs 8:24,25), was by him (Proverbs 8:30), for he was … Proverbs 8:1. (1-11) The nature and riches of Wisdom. Eliphaz, to convince Job of his inability to judge of the divine counsels, asks him (Job. Proverbs 3:7-8 7. "I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling. That motto is simple that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge or wisdom.” Proverbs 8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? 2 At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3 beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: 4 “To you, O people, I call out; This is the true import of צדק tsadak. Only the nobleman himself sat on it. Whatever qualifications for government any kings or princes have they are indebted to the grace of Christ for them; he gives them the spirit of government, and they have nothing, no skill, no principles of justice, but what he endues them with. ", MORE REASONS FOR HEEDING THE WORDS OF WISDOM. His church was the habitable part of his earth, made habitable for him, that the Lord God might dwell even among those that had been rebellious; and this he rejoiced in, in the prospect of seeing his seed.  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. "This chapter forms at once the nucleus and the climax of this section of Proverbs. His word to us is yea, and amen; never then let ours be yea and nay. (2.) Proverbs 21:8 "The way of man [is] froward and strange: but [as for] the pure, his work [is] right." Do you know how to treat each one? Those are blessed that watch and wait at Wisdom’s gates; even their attendance there is their happiness; it is the best place they can be in. Wisdom was present as the first of the Lord’s works. Wisdom’s doctrines, upon which her laws are founded, are such as we may venture our immortal souls upon: My mouth shall speak truth (v. 7), the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, for it is a testimony to the world. It is not, to you, O Jews! Proverbs 8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. God silenced and humbled Job by asking him, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Proverbs 8:1. Wisdom in Proverbs 8 is a way of speaking of God that shows how deeply and eagerly God wishes to be known and tended to. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, "I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling ..." (Proverbs 8:12). 40:8 ), adhered closely to his undertaking, as one that was well-satisfied in it, and, when it came to the setting to, expressed as much satisfaction in it as ever, saying, Lo, I come, to do as in the volume of the book it is written of me. Wherever it is, it is understanding, it has strength; it will be all that to us that we need, both for services and sufferings. And the Son also did himself rejoice before him in the beauty and harmony of the whole creation, Ps. III. The froward mouth, peevishness towards others, God hates, because it is such an enemy to the peace of mankind, and therefore we should hate it. He concludes with a repeated charge to the children of men diligently to attend to the voice of God in his word (v. 32-36). (1.) It is not enough to hearken unto Wisdom’s words, but we must keep her ways (v. 32), do every thing that she prescribes, keep within the hedges of her ways, and not transgress them, keep in the tracks of her ways, proceed and persevere in them. We must raise our expectations of these instructions, and hearken to them with care, and patience, and perseverance, must watch and wait, as Christ’s hearers, that hanged on him to hear him, as the word in the original is (Lu. Our Price: $12.99 Save: $27.00 (68%) Buy Now. Proverbs come from a variety of sources. 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. All the words - are in righteousness - בצדק betsedek, in justice and equity, testifying what man owes to his God, to his neighbor, and to himself; giving to each his due. Their own consciences follow them with admonitions wherever they go, which they cannot be out of the hearing of while they carry their own heads and hearts about with them, which are a law unto themselves. 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. We want the giant TV and the nice roof over our heads and to not worry about bills and surviving from month to month. They inherit substance; that is, their inheritance hereafter is substantial; it is a weight of glory; it is substance, Heb. View More Titles. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Read Proverbs 8:22 – 31. And those that seek me diligently shall find me. Displays her excellence (Proverbs 8:12-21). To you is this law given, to you is the word of this invitation, this exhortation sent. 7:37 . 2. O Israel! 12:9), along with some proverbs of others whom Solomon likely influenced. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. It leads in the midst of the paths of judgment, and saves us from deviating on either hand. That the passage most certainly carries the most significant overtones of Jesus Christ himself is undeniable, although it falls short of being a prophecy. All rights reserved. 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