Who can you trust to speak righteously? Who is worth more than gems and fine gold? Who is good and is plain to understand? It’s wisdom! Speaking of herself, the personified wisdom tells us here that her value is beyond anything we could desire!

In chapter 8 we have a wide cry for people to seek wisdom, and this section is simply a claim to the goodness and worth of her.
Let’s read.

8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. 9 They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.”

When wisdom metaphorically speaks, you will not hear anything twisted or malicious. All her words are good and worthwhile. Unlike we humans who speak both good and evil, wisdom will always reflect what is right since she comes from God, who is pure. Many may reject her words, but those who seek after her will find them clear to understand and right (see vs. 9). Like when you look into the eyes of a friend and know they are telling the truth, we see in this passage a similar confidence and assurance of wisdom’s worthiness in those who have sought and found her.


Just as you would consider a great friendship worth preserving and enjoying, we are called to see wisdom in the same light;

10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; 11 for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.”



Wisdom is in a whole different realm to the cold, unthinking minerals of the earth. Their value may be high here on earth, but God uses them for the foundations and paving of his new Jerusalem! If God values wisdom, surely it makes sense to value her, too. Amen.


Further thinking: If you go through all the things you desire, would you pit any of them against wisdom? This passage makes me examine my desires.

Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words. 

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