Scripture Sunday (24)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
    before his deeds of old;
I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.

“Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”

-Proverbs 8: 22-36

Why I chose it:

I adore this entire chapter. Wisdom is personified as an actual person, a woman who stands by the gate to the city and challenges people to seek her out and value her. In this section of the chapter, Wisdom tells us her backstory and explains how important she is to humans for living. I really love anthropomorphism, and this chapter does such an awesome job of making us think about Wisdom in a whole new way because it’s not just an abstract quality or characteristic, but a person we can interactive with and talk to.

Note: after putting this post together, I realized it would be posted on Mother’s Day. I’m grateful to have a mom who has many similarities with the lady in this chapter of Proverbs!

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