8:1 Doth not a wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her
(a) Solomon declares that man is the cause of his own
perdition and that he cannot pretend ignorance, for God
calls all men by his word and his works to follow virtue
and flee from vice.
8:3 She crieth at b the gates, at the entry of the city, at
the entrance of the doors.
(b) Where the people resorted most and which was the place
8:9 They [are] all c plain to him that understandeth, and
right to them that find knowledge.
(c) Meaning that the word of God is easy to all that have a
desire for it and are not blinded by the prince of this
8:12 I wisdom dwell with d prudence, and find out knowledge
(d) That is, unless a man has wisdom, which is the true
knowledge of God, he can be neither a prudent nor good
8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate e evil: pride, and
arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I
(e) So that he who does not hate evil, does not fear God.
8:15 By me f kings reign, and princes decree justice.
(f) By which he declares that honours, dignities or riches
do not come from man's wisdom or industry, but by the
providence of God.
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me g early
shall find me.
(g) That is, study the word of God diligently, and with a
desire to profit.
8:18 Riches and honour [are] with me; h durable riches and
(h) Signifying that he chiefly means the spiritual
treasures and heavenly riches.
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of i judgment:
(i) For there can be no true justice or judgment, which is
not rejected by this wisdom.
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, k
before his works of old.
(k) He declares by this the divinity and eternity of this
wisdom, which he magnifies and praises through this
book: meaning by this the eternal Son of God, Jesus
Christ our Saviour, whom John calls the Word that was
in the beginning (Joh 1:1).
8:23l I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or
ever the earth was.
(l) He declares the eternity of the Son of God, who was
before all time, and ever present with the father.
8:30 Then I was by him, m [as] one brought up [with him]: and
I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him;
(m) Some read, a chief worker signifying that this wisdom,
Christ Jesus, was equal with God his father, and
created, preserves and still works with him, as in
8:31n Rejoicing in the habitable part of o his earth; and
my delights [were] with the sons of men.
(n) By which is declared that the work of the creation was
no pain, but a solace to the wisdom of God.
(o) By earth he means men, which is the work of God in whom
wisdom took pleasure: in that as for man's sake the
divine wisdom took man's nature, and dwelt among us,
and filled us with unspeakable treasures, and this is
the solace and pastime of which is here spoken.