Proverbs 8:22-23, 30
“Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?…The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth…Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him”
-This passage is sometimes used in attempts to prove that Jesus pre-existed his birth as Wisdom.
-The passage is written in poetry, and should therefore be interpreted within the bounds of poetic discourse. Many of God’s attributes are personified, which means they are given a voice and personality to speak, metaphorically:
a. Wisdom, a female personification (Prov. 8:1, 11, 12)
b. Prudence, another personification (Prov. 8:12)
c. Righteousness and Peace (Psa. 85:10-11)
d. The arm of the LORD (Isa. 51:9)
-God’s personified Wisdom is an attribute, according to Proverbs, which male figures are to seek after (2:2, 6, 10; 3:13, 19; 4:5, 7, 11; 5:1; 7:4). This is why Wisdom is personified as a female figure (along with the fact that chohhmah is a feminine noun in Hebrew).
-Personifications are not independent persons and Jesus is not a female figure. The personification of Lady Wisdom is a way of describing God in his wise dealings with his creation.