Today, I was immediately drawn to verse 15, where speaking of wisdom and knowledge, Solomon wrote,
“She is more precious than rubies”
Wait!! I thought that’s what is said about a Proverbs 31 woman! Then I noticed that all throughout Proverbs wisdom is referred to in the female sense, using she/her. Let’s reread Pr.3:13-18.
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious the rubies; nothing you can desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”
Wow! This sounds very much like the intimidating, yet amazing woman of Proverbs 31, who is precious, profitable, desirable, pleasant, honorable, noble, excellent, praiseworthy, life giving… you name it! I especially like the last verse (18) in the above section of scripture,
“She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”
Embrace. Embrace? Couldn’t that mean hug?!! I don’t know about you, but it delights me to think of reaching out and embracing/hugging/grasping wisdom! But, wait! It gets better! Jump ahead to Proverbs 7:4,
“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’ “
Gasp!! My sister?!! Whether by blood or in Christ, my sisters are very dear to me, so the thought of embracing & inviting my sister Wisdom, over for a hug and a chat, simply thrilled me to the core!
Today let’s reach out and touch, hug, lay hold of our incomparable, life giving, more precious than rubies sister, Wisdom, so that we may be blessed!
Have a beautiful day, dear sister in Christ!
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