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Proverbs 1:2

    Proverbs 1:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason:

    Webster's Revision

    To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;

    World English Bible

    to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 1:2

    To know wisdom - That is, this is the design of parabolical writing in general; and the particular aim of the present work.

    This and the two following verses contain the interpretation of the term parable, and the author's design in the whole book. The first verse is the title, and the next three verses are an explanation of the nature and design of this very important tract.

    Wisdom - חכמה chochmah may mean here, and in every other part of this book, not only that Divine science by which we are enabled to discover the best end, and pursue it by the most proper means; but also the whole of that heavenly teaching that shows us both ourselves and God, directs us into all truth, and forms the whole of true religion.

    And instruction - מוסר musar, the teaching that discovers all its parts, to understand, to comprehend the words or doctrines which should be comprehended, in order that we may become wise to salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 1:2

    The writer's purpose is to educate. He is writing what might be called an ethical handbook for the young, though not for the young only. Of all books in the Old Testament, this is the one which we may think of as most distinctively educational. A comparison of it with a similar manual, the "sayings of the fathers," in the Mishna, would help the student to measure the difference between Scriptural and rabbinical teaching.

    Wisdom - The power by which human personality reaches its highest spiritual perfection, by which all lower elements are brought into harmony with the highest, is presently personified as life-giving and creative. Compare the notes of Job 28:23, etc.

    Instruction - i. e., discipline or training, the practical complement of the more speculative wisdom.

    Understanding - The power of distinguishing right from wrong, truth from its counterfeit. The three words σοφία sophia, παιδεία paideia, φρόνησις phronēsis (Septuagint), express very happily the relation of the words in the Hebrew.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 1:2

    1:2 To know - Written to help men to know throughly and practically. Both human wisdom to conduct our affairs in this life, and Divine wisdom. Instruction - The instructions delivered either by God, or men, in order to the attainment of wisdom. To perceive - Which teach a man true understanding.