Proverbs 8:22-30 and Wisdom 7:25 say that Wisdom is eternal, having existed before the beginning of the universe and is “a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God”:
“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made anything from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out. The mountains, with their huge bulk, had not as yet been established: before the hills, I was brought forth: He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law, and compass, he enclosed the depths: When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters: When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the foundations of the earth; I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times;” (Proverbs 8:22-30)
“For she is a vapour of the power of God, and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God: and therefore no defiled thing cometh into her.” (Wisdom 7:25)
From what I understand, Wisdom is usually considered to be an attribute of God’s Nature rather than a creation of His.
However, Ecclesiasticus 1:4; 1:9; 24:8 appears to say that Wisdom is a creation:
“Wisdom has been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.” (Ecclesiasticus 1:4)
“He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.” (Ecclesiasticus 1:9)
“I came out of the mouth of the most High, the firstborn before all creatures:” (Ecclesiasticus 24:5)
How are these verses reconciled?
Could someone please clarify this issue for me?
Any help would be much appreciated.