Proverbs 8:22

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
– Proverbs 8:22

Verses 22-31 speak of high things. We have seen wisdom in the streets, high places, gates, and the markets. Now we are given view of wisdom, possessed of God before the foundation of the world such that all God’s works are done in wisdom. Opinions vary greatly on this section of Scripture. The point here is not that God began to have wisdom as though there were some point when God did not have wisdom. The point here is to emphasize the importance of wisdom and that, concerning time, wisdom was before the creation. This means the universe was created with wisdom and wisdom is vital to its existence and maintenance. This supplies a powerful argument to see the importance of wisdom and to seek it more than silver and gold.

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Proverbs 3:20

By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
– Proverbs 3:20

This verse adds to the previous concerning how God governs his creation by wisdom. Solomon refers to the maintenance of the hydrological cycle of earth. Though the earth is under a sin curse, it functions remarkably well and the wisdom of God’s design is evident. If wisdom can found the earth and run the universe, it is certainly good to direct our paths upon the earth. Solomon began by urging us to seek diligently after wisdom and has thoroughly justified that searching by wisdom’s superior worth.

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Proverbs 3:19

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
– Proverbs 3:19

Verses 19 and 20 close this section on the true value of wisdom. At first glance, these verses might seem unconnected to the previous. Founding and establishing both have to do with setting something up. Here they refer to the creation of the universe and the establishing of the order of creation. By wisdom God has created and sustains the universe. The universe is run by wisdom. The implication is that wisdom should be sought and valued more highly than earthly commodities. Living and walking by wisdom is obviously to walk in harmony with the Creator and his creation.

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