“Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;” vss. 1-2
It’s possible to accumulate massive amounts of knowledge in the course of a lifetime and yet run a huge deficit when it comes to wisdom. Many of us have acquaintances who are a perfect match for that description…they can have multiple degrees but not an ounce of common sense. So where does wisdom come from? The writer of this section of Proverbs indicates that wisdom is contained in the essence of God…later believers associated wisdom with the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. The word for wisdom, chokmah in the Hebrew and sophia in the Greek, is a feminine noun, and is most often personified as a woman. Biblically, the origin of Wisdom is prior to creation and is an integral part of the whole creative process. Not only was she present in the beginning but she has continued to make her presence felt through all of history, warning humans against foolishness and foolhardy behavior in all of its forms. Given our experience with Wisdom through the centuries some have concluded that there is good reason for her association with the feminine. Might it be, they say, that women are more likely to show forth the Wisdom of the universe than are men? Of course we know that many men are wise…but maybe women have an innate connection, one that we’d be foolish to ignore!
Thought for the Day: Wise women I have known!