Proverbs 8: Creation Account
A Little Background:
- Its human authors are referred to as King Solomon (Prov. 1:1–9:18, 10:1–22:16, Proverbs 25–29).
- Unidentified “wise men” from the ancient Near Eastern world (Prov. 22:17–24:22, 24:23–34).
- The non-Israelite Agur (Prov. 30:1–33).
- The book even acknowledges King Hezekiah’s editorial contributions (Prov. 25:1).
- The book of Proverbs is filled with practical and down-to-earth advice for daily living.
- The book of Proverbs is a witness to the wisdom that had been accumulated over generations.
- The book of Proverbs is the Word of God because it was under divine inspiration that the authors pulled their materials together.
- In Proverbs, “wisdom” is revealed when you acknowledge the Lord “in all your ways” (Prov. 3:6, NKJV); that is, wisdom is living in faith and in obedience; it’s about what it means to be human before the God of Creation.
- Proverbs 8, is one of four creation accounts in Scripture (Genesis 1, Genesis 2, Psalm 104).
- Proverbs 8, contains Personification: attributing human qualities to what is not human (e.g., "Lady Wisdom" and "Lady Folly" in Proverbs 8-9).
- Proverbs 8 reveals a loving Godhead in intimate and joyous fellowship at Creation, and Christ, the Divine Wisdom, condescending to mediate (build a bridge) between the infinite Godhead and finite creatures.
For those who truly know:
- Do the Hebrew verbs of Proverbs 8:22-25 refer to the birth of wisdom or wisdom's creation?
PS: Help me mine the text not promote your bias or point of view. CM