A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked if Wisdom, in Proverbs chapter 8 (also chs. 1 and 9), is the Holy Spirit. The word for Spirit in Hebrew and Aramaic, Ruah, is feminine. In the Greek version of the Old Testament, the word wisdom is Sophia, a word with a feminine ending. In the Hebrew language, wisdom, Chokhmah, also has a feminine ending. And Wisdom is clearly a woman in Proverbs.
So it’s a good question, and motivated me to do some investigating.
The passage about personified Wisdom in Proverbs 8 is controversial. Just who is this Wisdom who was with God at the beginning?
“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was given birth…” (Prov. 8:22-25, TNIV).