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Proverbs 8

Wise Beyond Your Years

22 The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth-- 26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world's first bits of soil. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

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This is a piece of the longest single description of wisdom in the Bible (verses 1-36). This part of the description discusses wisdom's role in creation. The underlying difficulty, in my opinion, is that wisdom has no role outside of human behavior (the last part of creation), except to say that was the first thing God was concerned with. Humans, since they can reason, are the only animals on the planet that would be concerned with right and wrong (hence morality). That aside, this is more to show the primacy of wisdom in the scheme of things. Anyone looking at the natural order should be able to see God clearly manifest in it. In a sense wisdom was God's best friend, like a dog always at God's side enjoying all that was taking place.


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