Wisdom of Solomon 7:7


5 For no king has had a different beginning of existence; 6 there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out. 7 Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. 8 I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. 9 Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. 10 I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. 11 All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.

Ephesians 1:17

New Testament

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, 18 —since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you can know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength.

 Notes and References

"... The retention of the Greek sophia highlights the personified quality of Jesus as the Wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 2 emphasizes the hiddenness or mysteriousness of the wisdom of the Gospel, a subject taken up again in Colossians 1 and 2 and Ephesians 3:9-11. Colossians 1:15-20 describes Jesus' relationship with God in virtually the same language as that of Wisdom in Wisdom of Solomon 7, and continues on the subject of Paul's mission “to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations [...] God's mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 1:25-26; 2:2-3). As in Wisdom of Solomon 9 and 18, we see the association between the Wisdom and Word of God, but here both names are applied to Jesus Christ, who is understood as “God‟s word of wisdom.” Other New Testament passages that echo concepts or language related to Woman Wisdom include Ephesians 1:17, where Jesus is portrayed as giving a “spirit of wisdom” to believers, recalling the “kindly spirit” of Woman Wisdom passing into holy souls in Wisdom of Solomon 1:6 and 7:27; Hebrews 1:1-3 and James 3:13-17, both of which parallel Wisdom of Solomon 7; also, Romans 10:6-8, Philippians 2:6-11, and 1 Timothy 3:16 all explain the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in terms of descent and ascent, like in the Gospel of John ..."

Loewen, M. Susanne Guenther Jesus Christ as Woman Wisdom: Feminist Wisdom Christology, Mystery, and Christ‟s Body (p. 21) University of Waterloo, 2010

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