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Proverbs 1:20

    Proverbs 1:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Wisdom is crying out in the street; her voice is loud in the open places;

    Webster's Revision

    Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places;

    World English Bible

    Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; she uttereth her voice in the broad places;

    Definitions for Proverbs 1:20

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 1:20

    Wisdom crieth - Here wisdom is again personified, as it is frequently, throughout this book; where nothing is meant but the teachings given to man, either by Divine revelation or the voice of the Holy Spirit in the heart. And this voice of wisdom is opposed to the seducing language of the wicked mentioned above. This voice is everywhere heard, in public, in private, in the streets, and in the house. Common sense, universal experience, and the law of justice written on the heart, as well as the law of God, testify against rapine and wrong of every kind.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 1:20

    Wisdom is personified. In the Hebrew the noun is a feminine plural, as though this Wisdom were the queen of all wisdoms, uniting in herself all their excellences. She lifts up her voice, not in solitude, but in the haunts of men "without," i. e., outside the walls, in the streets, at the highest point of all places of concourse, in the open space of the gates where the elders meet and the king sits in judgment, in the heart of the city itself Proverbs 1:21; through sages, lawgivers, teachers, and yet more through life and its experiences, she preaches to mankind. Socrates said that the fields and the trees taught him nothing, but that he found the wisdom he was seeking in his converse with the men whom he met as he walked in the streets and agora of Athens.