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Psalm 134

Proverbs 8:32—9:6

1 Peter 2:1-3

From A Wise Woman 051011

 

Today’s scripture is from Job, and from the lips of a wise woman, named Sophia, or ‘wisdom’. Sophia appears in several contexts. In this context she speaks in the wisdom sayings of the book of Job.

Sophia emphasizes here the rewards of pursuing wisdom, and become happy. 1 Peter also speaks of feminine virtues, by extolling us to live free of guile, insincerity and malice.

Sophia, as the feminine voice of religion reminds us of the masculine/feminine duality of the universe, seen by many in many different religious traditions. It reminds us that God is beyond gender and Christianity was built on a dualistic balance of male and female.

Peace,

(brother) Bill

Psalm 134

1Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!

2Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord.

3May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

Proverbs 8:32—9:6

32“And now, my children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
33Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34Happy is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord;
36but those who miss me injure themselves;
all who hate me love death.” 9Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

1 Peter 2:1-3

2Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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