Proverbs 8:22

Hebrew Bible

20 I walk in the path of righteousness, in the pathway of justice, 21 that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, and that I may fill their treasuries. 22 The Lord created me as the beginning of his works, before his deeds of long ago. 23 From eternity I have been fashioned, from the beginning, from before the world existed. 24 When there were no deep oceans I was born, when there were no springs overflowing with water;

Wisdom of Solomon 9:9


7 You have chosen me to be king of your people and to be judge over your sons and daughters. 8 You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain, and an altar in the city of your habitation, a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning. 9 With you is wisdom, she who knows your works and was present when you made the world; she understands what is pleasing in your sight and what is right according to your commandments. 10 Send her forth from the holy heavens, and from the throne of your glory send her, that she may labor at my side, and that I may learn what is pleasing to you. 11 For she knows and understands all things, and she will guide me wisely in my actions and guard me with her glory.

 Notes and References

"... Another book which links Wisdom and Spirit is the Wisdom of Solomon, an Apocryphal work (c. 100 BCE) that was written by an Alexandrian Jew. This Greek document introduces “Platonic, Stoic, and other forms of Hellenistic thought” to Jewish readers. Following the biblical Proverbs, it portrays a personified female Wisdom as God’s agent in creating the world. Wisdom fills creation: “For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion, and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity” (Wisdom of Solomon, 7:22). This usage recalls the Stoic concept of the Logos. In chapter 9 of this influential work, the author advances dualistic ideas, praises Wisdom, and parallels her to God’s holy spirit ... More than any other ancient Jewish text, Wisdom of Solomon, “moves Wisdom closest to God” and introduces Spirit (pneuma) as their connection. The connections between Wisdom, Logos, and God’s holy spirit in Wisdom of Solomon are helpful in understanding the historical and theological background to Ruah ha-Kodesh ... From the time of these Apocryphal Wisdom books and throughout Rabbinic literature, Wisdom and Torah are inextricably linked, and this is very important to the development of the Rabbinic Ruah ha-Kodesh as the divine voice, the voice of wisdom speaking in the Torah ..."

Danan, Julie Hilton The Divine Voice in Scripture: Ruah Ha-Kodesh in Rabbinic Literature (p. 90) The University of Texas at Austin, 2009

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