Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,
for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
~ Proverbs 3:13-20

Thomas Finger of Eastern Mountain Mennonite Seminary reflects, "In the Old Testament, Wisdom (Chokma in Hebrew; Sophia in the Greek Old Testament) is often celebrated, and most lavishly depicted Wisdom [in Proverbs] is personified in a female form. Wisdom cries out in the streets, especially encouraging the "simple" and "scoffers" to gain deeper understanding (1:20-23; 8:1-6). Nonetheless, most people reject her.  Wisdom in Proverbs does not seem to be an actual divine being, but rather a personification of one of Yahweh's attributes."

The Wisdom of God is living in each one of us. The Spirit of God can be found in the stories and voices of men, and also sometimes overlooked stories and voices of women. This week, as you move through your days, take time to reflect on the Holy Wisdom of God as mother, sister, daughter, or friend. Listen to Her stories, seek out Her voice. For Her wisdom may offer surprising insight and valuable perspective.

~ Melanie Marsh Baum

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