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cf., Sent.I.D38.Q1.A1; QDeVer.Q2.A14
The sense of this question is "whether God knows things because they are, or whether they are because God knows them?" While this way seem "odd" or "unintuitive," but, since God works by his intellect, the latter is the case.
To illustrate, it would be like if someone asked "whether the artist knows the art because the art is or is the art because the artist knows the art?" Of course, we ought to say the latter since the artist creates the art by some image of the art in his intellect.