Proverbs 8:22

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

How wonderful is wisdom? The LORD had it all in eternity! Solomon is pursuing his lengthy personification of wisdom as a virtuous woman (Pr 8:1 - 9:5). Lady Wisdom is the first person, objective pronoun "me." Before the great God created anything, when He inhabited eternity alone, the LORD Jehovah owned all the wisdom of the universe.

At this point in personifying wisdom, Solomon provokes us to value wisdom most highly by virtue of God's choice and use of it from eternity and in the creation of all things (Pr 8:22-31). If wisdom is so gloriously advantageous and wonderful that Jehovah Himself chose and used it, how much more should the sons of men esteem it? This is the lesson!

What is personification? A person to represent an abstract concept. We call freedom Lady Liberty, natural events Mother Nature, national defense Uncle Sam, and aging Father Time. Solomon used a lady for wisdom (Pr 1:20-33; 2:4; 3:15-18; 4:5-13; 8:1-36; 9:1-5).

What is wisdom? It is the power of right judgment. It is the ability to discern any matter or situation and know the perfect solution. When understood as a spiritual virtue of God and saints, its analysis and solutions always maximize the glory of God and His holiness.

When the King James Bible uses LORD in capital letters, it means Jehovah - I AM THAT I AM. This infinite and independent Spirit, Creator of all, eternally possessed all wisdom. He owes no one for it, for who has been His counselor (Rom 11:33-36)?

Jesus of Nazareth, God's Son by Mary, grew in wisdom as He matured (Luke 2:52). Such words speak distinctly and only of His human nature. In His divine nature, He is Jehovah Himself, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3).

He did not experiment, by trial and error, when He created; He had infinite wisdom before He created. Everything was very good (Gen 1:31). He sees the past, present, and future equally. There are no contingencies to Him. He understands everything forever.

Pagan gods do not have even the five natural senses, let alone wisdom (Ps 115:1-8; 135:1-21)! Their worshippers may have five senses, but are just as ignorant (Is 44:18-20)!

If Jehovah chose to possess all wisdom, are you pursuing it in your choices (Pr 4:7; 16:16)? It is surely worth the effort (Pr 8:11; Job 28:12-19)! Scripture and teachers are God's gift of wisdom to you before all men (Deut 4:6; Ps 119:98-100; Mal 2:7; II Tim 3:15-17).