Interpretation of the personification of “wisdom” in Proverbs 8

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon (950 BC) FN1 and was called “wisdom literature.” Its purpose was to give instruction in daily living, to learn how to govern our lives through the fear of the Lord. One of the most important attributes that separated this writing from the others of its time was that “… one enters into wisdom through the gate of the fear of I AM” and not some other outside influence. FN2 The focus was seeking Yahweh with the whole heart.

The definition of “personification” is the “representation of a thing or abstraction as a person or by the human form.” FN3 The word wisdom (chokmâh) in Strong’s 2451, is a feminine noun, FN4, which may be why it is represented as a woman in this Proverb. It does not necessarily mean specifically as an actual woman, but with the intent of being something desired (like in a love affair) to draw the reader in with a desire for Yahweh’s instruction. Additionally, it was written in poetic form as an exhortation to not only desire wisdom, but also to find the fear of the Lord. As an example, Waltke calls the book of Ruth “The Gift of Love” (Hesed), which is our love affair with Christ as His Bride. It is not a gender thing – it is a desire of the heart to draw close to Him.

The book of Proverbs offers so much guidance for our daily lives. Wisdom cries out to us daily, taking her place on the “high hill” (v. 2- the place of our worship), at the gates of our heart (v. 3 seat of government), calling out to us to follow in the fear of the Lord, to find His success in our lives. This cry for us to seek after wisdom is found throughout the Bible, with instructions on how to apply it.

Here are a few items I have noted from studying wisdom in the Strong’s definition:
WISDOM (2451) FN5
 Intelligence that comes from knowing God, a compass for every daily activity.
 Foundation of all practical activities.
 Govern ourselves by it daily.
 Skill; military tactics.
 Governmental leadership – be prudent in your words.
 Personal God is source of all wisdom; God is more concerned about your soul that your success in life.

Have you considered your own daily walk in light of this Proverb? Does it cause you to desire a deeper love for the Lord and His Word? How would you apply these principles to your life?

FN1 Spirit Filled Life Bible (New King James Version).
FN2 Bruce K. Waltke, An Old Testament Theology (p. 899), Zondervan Academic. Kindle Edition.
FN3 Personification Definition & Meaning – Merriam-Webster,
FN4 Hebrew Greek Study Bible (NASB).
FN5 Ibid.

Rev. Sereine

Rev. Dr. Sereine NTERINANZIZA E-Mail: Address: Kigali- Rwanda /Kicukiro/Kagarama Personal Biography This website has a purpose of educating, and advocating through evangelism. The owner is Pastor Sereine Nterinanziza, passionate business woman. Legal Representative of Hands of Compassion Rwanda. Candidate in Doctor of Ministry in USA. Holder of a Master degree of Business Administration obtained from Kampala International University, Master of Divinity from World Mission Frontiers, Bachelor of Arts and Humanity-History. Since 2006, she is the Managing Director in her own Companies, from 2011-2015 She worked as Capacity Building Officer at International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), in 2019-2011 She worked with Food for the Hungry Rwanda, 2008-2009 She worked with World Vision Rwanda. Sereine is a committed Christian, passionate for delivering family therapies, passionate to help vulnerable people. She loves her family and her Country Rwanda. She is an active member of Pentecostal Church of Rwanda. In 2018, she was appointed Pastor in Nebo Church of Rwanda, to begin a branch in Kigali. She evangelize through socio media ( website, youtube, facebook).

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