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Proverbs 8:31

    Proverbs 8:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Playing in his earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.

    Webster's Revision

    Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.

    World English Bible

    Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Rejoicing in his habitable earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 8:31

    Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth - There God displays especially his wisdom in ordering and directing human beings, and in providing for their wants. The wisdom of God is in an especial manner manifested in his providence.

    My delights were with the sons of men - This Divine wisdom, as it delighted in the creation of man, so it continues to delight in his instruction. Hence it is represented as offering its lessons of instruction continually, and using every means and opportunity to call men from folly and vice to sound knowledge, holiness, and happiness. It is to man that God especially gives wisdom; and he has it in the form of reason beyond all other creatures; therefore it is said, "My delights are with the sons of men;" to them I open my choicest treasures. They alone are capable of sapience, intelligence, and discursive reason.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 8:31

    Wisdom rejoices yet more in the world as inhabited by God's rational creatures. (compare Isaiah 45:18). Giving joy and delight to God, she finds her delight among the sons of men. These words, like the rest, are as an unconscious prophecy fulfilled in the Divine Word, in whom were "hid all the treasures of Wisdom." Compare the marginal reference: in Him the Father was well pleased; and yet His "joy also is fulfilled," not in the glory of the material universe, but in His work among the sons of men.