The Invitation of Sophia

SophiaThe Gnostic goddess Sophia, the incarnation of divine wisdom, was derived from the old testament. She is introduced and makes a long speech in chapter 8 of the book of Proverbs. Chapter 9 has more to say about her, and she has more to say.

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.

These seven pillars are interpreted as the planetary spheres or heavens, the highest regions of the created universe. The Gnostics believed they were dominated by the seven Archons. Above the highest of them, and over-vaulting it, was the Ogdoad, the sphere of immutability, which was near to the spiritual world, and it was where the habitation of the Sophia herself was located.

She has slaughtered her beasts, mixed her wine, and set her table. She has sent forth her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:

“Whoever is simple, let him come this way. Let he who desires understanding,” she says, “come, eat my bread, and drink the wine that I have mixed. Forsake the foolish, and live, taking the path of understanding. He who reproves one who scorns him earns himself abuse, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself insulted. Do not reprove the scornful, lest they hate you.”

Don’t waste your time on the scornful or downright antagonistic. Anything you say to correct them will only provoke them to attack you.

“Contradict a wise man, and he will love you. Instruct a wise man, and he will be even wiser. Teach a just man, and he will learn.”

Wisdom is first and foremost realizing that you don’t know everything and you are not always right. Therefore, a truly wise person appreciates it when you correct him.

Respect for God is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy is understanding. I will multiply your days, and increase the number of years that you live. If you are wise, you are wise about yourself. But if you scorn others, you alone shall bear the cost.”

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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  1. Pingback: Sophia in the Bible | Jim's Jumbler

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