The wisdom of Proverbs 8



⚪ The Wisdom of Proverbs 8 personifies Jesus

God would place in the hand of his beloved Son the Logos the government of righteousness that he would proceed to establish for man’s benefit. [...] His beloved Son was the great delight of Jehovah. (Prov. 8:30)

Source : 🇺🇸 1928 - Governement, page 108, page 109 + Cover

Notice that where the book of Proverbs speaks of wisdom, the organization of the Jehovah's Witnesses uses the word Logos of John's Gospel.

Notice how closely those references to the origin of Jesus correlate with expressions uttered by the figurative "Wisdom" in the Bible book of Proverbs: "Yahweh created me, firstfruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works. Before the mountains were settled, before made the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world." (Proverbs 8:12, 22, 25, 26, NJB) While the term "Wisdom" is used to personify the one whom God created, most scholars agree that it is actually a figure of speech for Jesus as a spirit creature prior to his human existence. As "Wisdom " in his prehuman existence, Jesus goes on to say that he was "by his [God's] side, a master craftsman." (Proverbs 8:30, JB) In harmony with this role as master craftsman, Colossians 1:16 says of Jesus that "through him God created everything in heaven and on earth."

Source : 🇺🇸 1989 - Should You Believe in the Trinity? page 14 + Cover

By using the expression "personify the one whom God created" the organization tries to validate its doctrine of the "created Jesus." Now, this formula "personify the one whom God created" refutes the hypothesis that this being created by God is existing. Indeed, by definition, one cannot personify a person. The purpose of a personification is precisely to lend the features of a person to something abstract that is not one. As for example the wisdom that is attribute.


⚫ The Wisdom of Proverbs 8 does not personify Jesus, but something

Personification does not prove personality.

However, it is not unusual in the Scriptures for something that is not actually a person to be personalized or personified. Wisdom is personified in the book of Proverbs (1:20-33; 8:1-36); and feminine pronominal forms are used of it in the original Hebrew, as also in many English translations. (KJ, RS, JP, AT) Wisdom is also personified at Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:35, where it is depicted as having both "works" and "children."

Source : 🇺🇸 1988 - Insight on the Scriptures, Vol2, page 1019 + Cover