20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
Wisdom’s monologue continues. She does not establish the way of righteousness, nor does she determine the paths of justice. Any attempt on our behalf to do these things is contrary to wisdom. Instead we should follow her example, and acknowledge the transcendence of justice and righteousness. Those who love wisdom are blessed, their chief aim is neither inheritance nor treasure and yet they acquire these things nonetheless. This is more than mere money, it is also competence and joy and life itself.
“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.” Wisdom is not the product of human imagination, she was formed in antiquity by the Lord himself. We may question her for our own understanding, or reject her to our own disadvantage, but our efforts to change her are vanity. Who can undo what the Lord has done? This may be objectionable to some, but to others it is a great encouragement. We need not rely on our own understanding, which changes with our moods; but on the wisdom of God – which is the same yesterday, today and forever.