The theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom and Proverbs tells us that this wisdom comes from the Lord our God. The word wisdom occurs more often in Proverbs than in any other book in the Bible. But in Proverbs and other passages we discover that wisdom is personified and referred to as a woman. Why did this happen?
Proverbs: Choice and Discernment, the Two Ways of Living In studying the book of Proverbs there is a similar theme of choice and discernment, the teachings of decision-making and the repercussions of your actions. These books are made up of extremes and polar opposites. The dualisms are the rich and poor, the righteous and the wicked, and the wise and the foolish. There is advice given and it is up to the judgment of the person to which category they will fall into. There are two ways of living.
Why is wisdom personified as a woman in the book of Proverbs? An essay.
But another reason can be found in Proverbs itself. He appears to take for granted that men and women are different. Proverbs is aimed at guiding young men in growing into mature adults. Even Proverbs ff, often considered a passage addressed to women, is addressed to men. Only by separating the passage from and asserting that verse 10 is a new section, can one argue it is not primarily aimed at young men.