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Okay, Why is Wisdom a “She”?

11 Jul

I just said in the previous post about Jesus being our Wisdom, and that in Proverbs you could replace the word “wisdom” with “Jesus”. But there is a problem! Proverbs calls Wisdom a “she”. So how do we figure that one out?

Well, I’ll tell you how I see it, and then I’ll tell you what I read in my lexicon.

Solomon wanted to get his point across to his son. And being a hot-blooded male like his dad, one thing the son would relate to was women. In fact, I reckon that his dad was the KING of hot-blooded males. Who else do you know in history with 700 wives and 300 concubines? In fact, sadly, women were his downfall. (See 1 Kings 11:1-13.) Nevertheless, Solomon did know women, and he liked them, and so would his boy.

So in Proverbs, to make his point, Solomon contrasts two main female characters, Wisdom and the immoral woman. He does so with so much wisdom in a way that I’m sure the lad would have understood. (What a shame Solomon didn’t heed his own advice.)

Now, here’s something a bit more theological. This is what I read:

“(Wisdom) is personified only to a point – it does not have a separate existence (Proverbs 1:20; 8:1-31; 9:1-2). The figure of wisdom was never regarded as independent of God. It is only one of His attributes. The noun is not a woman, only feminine in gender. True wisdom leads to reverence for the Lord (Job 28:28; Proverbs 2:2). Therefore skeptics will never find this kind of wisdom (see James 3:13-18), and they will never know the true meaning of life (Proverbs 14:6-7).” (from the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible by Spiros Zodhiates)

Would you believe that we studied that James passage last night in our Bible study? It amazes me how God dove-tails things together like that.

We read that the world has its type of wisdom…

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” (James 3:13-16, NLT)

My question is, can you really call THAT wisdom? It sounds more like foolishness to me. But TRUE WISDOM is from GOD!! …

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18, NLT)

Hey, and isn’t that a description of Jesus? If we have Christ in us, we will have that heavenly wisdom too. And the more we take heed to Him, the more of HIS wisdom we will have. And this is the same Wisdom that is in Proverbs.

And hey, if we LISTEN UP, we will WISE UP!!

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12 responses to “Okay, Why is Wisdom a “She”?

  1. therevpg

    January 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Ok here’s my question; you say that Wisdom is not a real “person”. You also say, if I understood correctly, that in Proverbs you could easily switch the term Wisdom for Jesus. You also said: “(Wisdom) is personified only to a point – it does not have a separate existence (Proverbs 1:20; 8:1-31; 9:1-2). The figure of wisdom was never regarded as independent of God. It is only one of His attributes. Can I assume then that the Holy Spirit is no more that an ‘attribute’? The answer would be No. Can I assume that when Jesus was telling of this coming comforter, and Jesus uses the pronoun “He” when refering to the HS, can I assume he is doing this so that being a “hot-blooded’ female I will better understand? Again I think not.
    The HS throught Bible is a Person deriving from the eternal essance of God. He is shown in terms of character and will as well as emotion. And the pronoun ‘he’ is used to denote him as a Person of the Godhead. If I have expressed this correctly, then this is the overall view of the church, right?
    Now for my question; how is it then the rules to explain the HS and make Him a persona are not the same rules when it comes to Wisdom in Proverbs. If you say to me me; the HS, he grieves for you in prayer. Or Wisdom, she is found crying in the streets. I see inaffect two distict persona’s coming from the One essance of the divine Godhead.

     
  2. jeanettesozpix

    January 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for your comment.

    Please not that the text you quoted, were not what I said. I was quoting Zodhiates from my study Bible. I was looking for answers as to why Wisdom was called “she”.

     
  3. eksessiv

    March 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Also, was only human in form. He is a spirit and therefore has both spirits male and female. Even Adam in spirit was referred to as he she. When Adam was made into flesh God removed the female spirit.

    To me this is one of those unsearchable treasures that you will only find by talking with God. This chapter has me really thunking as well.

     
    • eksessiv

      March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I meant to say Christ was only human firm while on earth.

       
  4. cindyalovett

    October 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you for your knowledge. I’m afraid a lot of people don’t understand that The Bilble was written by different people and with many different situations. That’s theology and a lot of people don’t take the time to learn it. That is very sad. I think one must dig deeper into there Bible to find out who, what m, when and where. Otherwise they will never get a thorough understanding. Yes, God is the same yesterday, today and forever but the Bible needs to be read AND researched. The exact Situations and the people that wrote the Bible are just as important to understand as just the scripture. Actually it’s the only way to fully understand. I can see what you mean about the son/father relation here. Thank You for your time.

     
    • Jeanettesozpix

      October 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you Cindy!! so true what you say! And it is fun digging into God’s word… so many treasures to be found.

       
  5. truthanyhow

    November 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I am having this conversation now (about wisdom). I enjoyed reading this blog. Thank you and blessings.

     
    • Jeanettesozpix

      November 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Thanks! I wrote this post over 5 years ago, and am amazed how God still uses it. I thank the Lord!

       
  6. Johnson Lastborn Onwe

    November 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    God just laid something on my heart rite now.. Wisdom is attributed to “she” because it has the same female personification of a virtue. For example, Proverbs 1:20: “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, …”

     
    • Jeanettesozpix

      November 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you for your comments and insight. And I was thinking some more… it is not a strange thing to use “she”, as we call ships, vehicles, cities, nations, etc., she.

       

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