Wisdom of Solomon 7:24


22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, 23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. 24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. 27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:24

New Testament

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. 22 For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, 23 but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26 Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. 27 But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong.

 Notes and References

"... T. Finger takes a less confrontational approach to the subject but clearly recognizes wisdom in Proverbs 1—9 as 'a personification of one of Yahweh's attributes.' He finds traces of the idea of wisdom in Proverbs 1—9 and Wisdom of Solomon where Sophia 'pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God' (NRSV). Finger also sees a connection between sophia and Jesus as the 'Word' in the Gospel of John (both were with God at creation, and both manifest God's glory). The wisdom connection with Jesus is also evident in 1 Corinthians 1:24 ..."

Smith, Gary V. Hosea, Amos, Micah: The NIV Application Commentary from Biblical Text to Contemporary Life (p. 543) Zondervan, 2014

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