Portraits from Proverbs (02)


The first portrait we’ll take a look at is wisdom personified. Proverbs presents wisdom as a person in several of its passages.

Bible Reading

Pro. 1:20-23 (20) Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: (21) She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, (22) How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (23) Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Pro. 8:1-5 (1) Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? (2) She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. (3) She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. (4) Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. (5) O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

Pro. 9:1-6 (1)Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: (2) She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. (3) She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, (4) Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, (5) Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. (6) Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Wisdom Seeks You

The first thing that stands out about this portrait of wisdom personified is that wisdom is seeking you. In each of today’s readings, we hear wisdom crying out to us, inviting us to come to her. Do you think of yourself as a seeker of wisdom? Isn’t it encouraging to know that wisdom is seeking you? Wisdom is available. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that these verses reveal wisdom pleading with you to get to know her. Has it ever dawned on you that God longs for you to be wise?

Wisdom Widely Available

The next prominent feature in this portrait is the wide availability of wisdom. Wisdom utters her voice in the streets (1:20). Wisdom stands “in the top of high places (8:2),” which were traditionally places of worship. Wisdom calls out to the simple, to the foolish, and to the wise. Wisdom is throwing a party and you’re invited.

What About You?

  • Are you seeking wisdom?
  • Do you know that wisdom is seeking you?

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