Eloah/Hokhma/Shekhinah/Ruach/Holy Spirit
as Wisdom and Understanding

This meditation uses a combination of Biblical interpretations from the Septuagint with Apocrypha, the Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version), and the New English Bible with the Apocrypha (Oxford Study Edition) to reflect: Proverbs 1:7-9, 2:2-7, 4:10-13, 7:4, 8:1-11, 9:1-6, 9:10, 24:7-8; Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-19, 7:15-22, 8:7-9; and Ecclesiasticus 1:25-27, 14:20-21.

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Call Wisdom your sister; greet Understanding as a good friend. Make Hokhma your kinswoman; approach Binah as a confidante.

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Receive my words and the years of your life shall be many. for I teach you the ways of Wisdom; I lead you on the right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.

Hold fast to Wisdom; do not abandon Her. Keep Her, for She is your life.

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Make your ear attentive to Wisdom; incline your heart to Understanding. If you cry out for Wisdom, If you invoke Understanding; if you seek Her like silver, if you search for Her diligently as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the way of the Lord and find Holy Wisdom.

For the Lord sends Wisdom to teach. From the Divine Presence, the Shekhinah, who is the mouth of Deity, comes knowledge and understanding, which is reserved for the righteous, and taught to the upright.

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The way of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and Knowledge of the Holy One is Understanding. The way of the Lord is the pinnacle of Wisdom, and Counsel of the Holy One is Insight.

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Understanding comes to those who practice it. Piety toward the Divine is the beginning of discernment; but fools despise Wisdom and Her instruction.

Hear, child, the instruction of your Father, and reject not the law of your Mother; and you will receive a garland of Grace for your head and a chain of Glory around your neck.

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The true beginning of Wisdom is the desire to learn; a love for learning, is love for Her. Love for Her means keeping Her laws; keeping Her laws will bring immortality; and immortality brings one nearer to Deity.

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Blessed are those that meditate on the good things of Wisdom and that reason of holy things by Understanding. Those that consider Her ways in their hearts, shall understand Her secrets.

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In Wisdom's book are wise proverbs, but holiness is detested by the evil. If you desire Wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord will send Her to you. For the way of the Lord is Wisdom's instruction; and loyalty and gentleness are His delight.

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If virtue is the object of human affections, the fruits of Wisdom's labors are the Virtues: Temperance, Prudence, Justice, and Fortitude. These are Wisdom Herself, and Her teaching that She shares with humanity. There is nothing so valuable as these.

She knows the past and what is to come; She understands the subtleties of argument and how to solve problems; She can read signs and explain wonders, and foretell the outcome of events and periods. She will be your counselor in prosperity and your comfort in anxiety and grief.

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The Lord leads humanity to Wisdom and we are subject to Her. She shares with us the skills of workcraft; and the knowledge of all things that are: how the world was made and exists, and the operation of the elements; the beginning, ending, and midst of times; the solstices of the Sun, the changing of the seasons, the cycles of the years, and the changing position of the stars; the natures of living creatures, and the ways of wild beasts; the forces of the winds, and the reasoning of humankind; the varieties of plants, and the virtues of roots.

I learned all things, both hidden and manifest. I was taught by Wisdom, She whose skill made all things.

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Wisdom has built Her house, She has hewn out and set up Her seven pillars. She has slaughtered a beast for the feast, She has mixed Her wine with spices, and She has prepared Her table. She has sent out Her maidens to proclaim the feast, calling from the tower, and from the walls of the city: "Whoever is foolish, let them leave their foolish ways and turn in here!"

And to the ignorant desiring Understanding, She says, "Come, eat of My bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed for you. Abandon folly, that you may live forever; forsake ignorance, and live! Seek Wisdom and gain Knowledge; know Prudence, and walk in the ways of Understanding."

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Wisdom is at the gates of the wise; Understanding is at the doors of the prudent. The wise do not turn aside from Wisdom, but take Her counsel, because She is the mouth of Deity.

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Does not Wisdom call? Does not Understanding raise Her voice? On the heights of the hills, by the wayside, and at the cross-roads of the paths, She takes Her stand; beside the gates, at the entrance of the city, at the doorways, She cries aloud:

"To you, humankind, I call; My cry is to the children of humanity. Ignorant ones, learn of Wisdom, gain Knowledge; foolish ones, attend to Prudence, put Understanding into your heart."

"Hear, for I will speak noble truths, and from My lips will come what is right. My mouth will utter truth; lies are an abomination to My lips."

"All the words of My mouth are righteous; they are not twisted or perverse. They are all plain to those who understand and right to those who find knowledge."

"Take My instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for Wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you desire cannot compare with Me."

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The Hebrew word for "Wisdom" (also translated as "Knowledge," "Counsel, "Truth," and "Law") is the feminine "Hokhma." The Hebrew word for "Understanding" (also translated as "Prudence," "Insight," "Intuition," and "Intellect") is the feminine "Binah." "Sophia" and "Sapientia " are the feminine Greek and Latin words for "Wisdom."

An ancient name for the Holy Spirit found in the Bible is "Asherah," which means "Tree of Life." The medieval Jewish mystics considered "Hokhma" and "Binah" to be feminine sephiroth (attributes or emanations) of the Kabbalistic "Tree of Life," which was perceived to be a representation of the One Deity.

Other Hebrew names for the Holy Spirit are the feminine "Shekhinah"  (which means "Divine Manifestation," "Divine Presence," "Divine Power," "Glory," and "Grace") and the feminine "Ruach" (which means "Soul" or "Spirit").

"Elohim" is one of the names for the Creator used by the authors of the Bible, and the name used in Genesis 1. It is a feminine plural Hebrew word meaning "God and Goddess." The singular forms are "Eloh" meaning "God," and "Eloah" meaning "Goddess."