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Proverbs 8

Introduction

1The fame,
6and evidence of wisdom.
10The excellency,
12the nature,
15the power,
18the riches,
22and the eternity of wisdom.
32Wisdom is to be desired for the blessedness it brings.

Verse 1

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
1:20,21; 9:1-3; Isaiah 49:1-6; 55:1-3; Matthew 3:3; 4:17; 28:19,20; Mark 13:10; 16:15,16; Luke 24:47; John 7:37; Acts 1:8; 22:21; Romans 15:18-21
Reciprocal: Proverbs 9:3 - she crieth;  Isaiah 45:19 - spoken;  Isaiah 46:12 - Hearken;  Jeremiah 2:2 - cry;  Jeremiah 17:19 - GeneralMatthew 10:27 - that preach;  Matthew 22:9 - GeneralLuke 8:8 - He that;  Luke 11:49 - the wisdom;  Luke 14:7 - put;  John 6:59 - in the;  John 12:44 - cried;  Acts 17:17 - daily;  1 Corinthians 1:24 - the wisdom

Verse 3

She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Matthew 22:9; Luke 14:21-23; John 18:20; Acts 5:20
Reciprocal: Song of Solomon 3:2 - the streets;  Jeremiah 5:1 - seek;  Jeremiah 7:2 - Stand;  John 7:37 - and cried

Verse 4

Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
Psalms 49:1-3; 50:1; Matthew 11:15; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:19,20; Colossians 1:23,28; 1 Timothy 2:4-6; Titus 2:11,12; Revelation 22:17
Reciprocal: Job 28:28 - unto man;  Job 36:10 - commandeth;  Psalm 78:1 - GeneralProverbs 17:16 - a price;  Isaiah 55:1 - Ho

Verse 5

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
1:22; 9:4; Psalms 19:7; 94:8; Isaiah 42:13; 55:1-3; Acts 26:18; 1 Corinthians 1:28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 3:17,18
Reciprocal: Job 5:2 - the foolish;  Job 28:28 - unto man;  Job 33:33 - I;  Job 36:10 - commandeth;  Psalm 5:5 - The;  Psalm 14:2 - any;  Psalm 75:4 - I said;  Proverbs 1:4 - subtlety;  Proverbs 2:6 - out;  Proverbs 4:5 - Get wisdom;  Proverbs 7:7 - the simple;  Proverbs 17:16 - a price;  Mark 7:14 - and understand;  Luke 11:40 - fools;  Romans 1:14 - to the unwise;  Romans 16:18 - the simple;  1 Corinthians 1:30 - wisdom;  Colossians 1:28 - in all;  Titus 3:3 - foolish

Verse 6

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
for
2:6,7; 4:2,20-22; 22:20,21; Psalms 19:7-11; 49:3; 1 Corinthians 2:6,7; Colossians 1:26
the opening
Job 33:1-3; Matthew 5:2-12; 7:28,29; 13:35
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 30:22 - the good;  Job 13:6 - GeneralJob 26:3 - plentifully;  Job 32:20 - I will open;  Psalm 45:1 - a good;  Psalm 95:7 - if ye;  Proverbs 4:11 - led;  Proverbs 22:18 - fitted;  Proverbs 23:16 - thy;  Ecclesiastes 12:10 - written;  Isaiah 45:19 - speak righteousness

Verse 7

For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
my mouth
Job 36:4; John 1:17; 8:14,45,46; 14:6; 17:17; 18:37; Revelation 3:14
an abomination to
Heb. the abomination of.
12:22; 16:12; 29:27
Reciprocal: Job 13:6 - GeneralJob 32:20 - I will open;  Job 33:3 - the;  Ephesians 4:25 - speak

Verse 8

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
All
Psalms 12:6; Isaiah 45:23; 63:1
there
13; John 7:46
froward
Heb. wreathed.
Reciprocal: Job 33:3 - the;  Job 36:4 - my;  Proverbs 4:24 - a;  Isaiah 8:16 - among;  Revelation 14:5 - in

Verse 9

They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
14:6; 15:14,24; 17:24; 18:1,2,15; Psalms 19:7,8; 25:12-14; 119:98-100; Isaiah 35:8; Micah 2:7; Matthew 13:11,12; John 6:45; 7:17; 1 Corinthians 2:14,15; James 1:5
Reciprocal: Psalm 27:11 - a plain path;  Proverbs 4:11 - led;  Proverbs 15:19 - the way of the righteous;  Isaiah 8:16 - among

Verse 10

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
2:4,5; 3:13,14; 10:20; 16:16; 23:23; Psalms 119:72,127,162; Ecclesiastes 7:11; Acts 3:6; 2 Corinthians 6:10
Reciprocal: Job 28:15 - It cannot be gotten for gold;  Psalm 19:10 - than gold;  Psalm 32:8 - instruct;  Proverbs 1:3 - receive;  Proverbs 4:10 - my;  Proverbs 8:19 - GeneralJeremiah 17:23 - nor;  Jeremiah 35:13 - Will;  Ezekiel 3:10 - receive;  Matthew 13:45 - like;  John 17:8 - received;  Acts 17:11 - they received;  1 Corinthians 3:12 - gold;  Revelation 18:12 - merchandise

Verse 11

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
wisdom
3:14; 4:5-7; 16:16; 20:15; Job 28:15-19; Psalms 19:10; 119:127; Matthew 16:26; Philippians 3:8,9
Reciprocal: Exodus 28:17 - a sardius;  Deuteronomy 30:13 - go over the sea;  Job 28:13 - knoweth;  Psalm 32:8 - instruct;  Psalm 119:72 - better;  Psalm 119:103 - sweet;  Proverbs 1:3 - receive;  Proverbs 3:15 - more;  Proverbs 31:10 - her;  Matthew 13:45 - like;  Revelation 18:12 - merchandise

Verse 12

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
I wisdom
Psalms 104:24; Isaiah 55:8,9; Romans 11:33; Ephesians 1:8,11; 3:10; Colossians 2:3
prudence
or, subtlety. knowledge.
Exodus 31:3-6; 35:30-35; 36:1-4; 1 Kings 7:14; 1 Chronicles 28:12,19; 2 Chronicles 13:14; Isaiah 28:26

Verse 13

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
The fear
16:6; Psalms 97:10; 101:3; 119:104,128; Amos 5:15; Romans 12:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Timothy 2:19
pride
6:16-19; 1 Samuel 2:3; Psalms 5:4,5; 138:6; Zechariah 8:17; 1 Peter 5:5
the froward
4:24; 6:12; 10:31
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:11 - Surely;  Exodus 1:17 - feared God;  1 Kings 18:12 - from my youth;  Job 1:1 - one;  Job 1:8 - one;  Psalm 19:9 - The fear;  Psalm 34:14 - Depart;  Psalm 36:1 - no;  Psalm 101:4 - A froward;  Proverbs 2:12 - from the man;  Proverbs 3:32 - the froward;  Proverbs 8:8 - there;  Proverbs 11:20 - of;  Proverbs 15:33 - fear;  Proverbs 16:5 - that;  Proverbs 17:20 - He that hath a froward heart;  Proverbs 21:4 - An high look;  Proverbs 31:30 - a woman;  Jeremiah 43:2 - all the;  Jeremiah 44:10 - neither;  Jeremiah 48:29 - heard;  Malachi 3:5 - fear;  Acts 9:31 - and walking;  Romans 3:18 - GeneralRomans 7:15 - what I hate;  2 Corinthians 7:1 - in;  Hebrews 1:9 - hated;  1 Peter 2:18 - but

Verse 14

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Counsel
Isaiah 9:6; 40:14; John 1:9; Romans 11:33,34; 1 Corinthians 1:24,30; Colossians 2:3
sound
2:6,7; Romans 1:22
I have
24:5; Ecclesiastes 7:19; 9:16-18
Reciprocal: Job 12:13 - counsel;  Job 28:23 - GeneralPsalm 16:7 - who hath;  Daniel 2:20 - for wisdom;  Daniel 2:23 - who hast;  Ephesians 1:11 - the counsel;  2 Timothy 1:7 - a sound;  2 Timothy 1:13 - the form

Verse 15

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
By
1 Samuel 9:17; 16:1; 1 Chronicles 28:5; Jeremiah 27:5-7; Daniel 2:21; 4:25,32; 5:18-31; Daniel 7:13,14; Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1; Revelation 19:16
decree
1 Kings 3:9,28; 5:7; 10:9; Psalms 72:1-4; 99:4; Isaiah 1:26; 32:1,2; Jeremiah 33:15; Revelation 19:11
Reciprocal: Exodus 36:3 - every morning;  2 Kings 9:3 - I have anointed;  Psalm 148:11 - Kings;  Daniel 2:37 - the God;  Daniel 2:47 - a Lord;  Matthew 4:9 - I give;  1 Timothy 6:15 - the King;  Revelation 1:5 - and the prince;  Revelation 10:2 - he set;  Revelation 17:14 - Lord

Verse 17

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
I love
1 Samuel 2:30; Psalms 91:14; John 14:21,23; 16:27; 1 John 4:19
those
Ecclesiastes 12:1; Isaiah 45:19; 55:6; Matthew 6:33; 7:7,8; Mark 10:14; James 1:5
Reciprocal: Numbers 3:15 - General1 Chronicles 16:10 - let the heart;  2 Chronicles 34:3 - to seek;  Job 28:15 - It cannot be gotten for gold;  Psalm 34:11 - Come;  Psalm 63:1 - early;  Psalm 71:6 - By thee;  Psalm 105:3 - let the heart;  Proverbs 1:4 - to the;  Proverbs 2:3 - if;  Proverbs 12:1 - loveth;  Ecclesiastes 5:8 - thou seest;  Song of Solomon 3:4 - but;  Song of Solomon 7:12 - get;  Isaiah 26:9 - my spirit;  Hosea 5:15 - in their;  Matthew 2:9 - the star;  Mark 16:6 - Ye seek;  John 1:39 - Come;  John 5:4 - first;  2 Thessalonians 2:10 - they received;  2 Timothy 3:15 - from;  Hebrews 11:6 - diligently;  James 2:5 - rich

Verse 18

Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Riches and honour
3:16; 4:7-9; James 2:5
durable
Psalms 36:6; Ecclesiastes 5:14-16; Matthew 6:19,20; Luke 10:42; 12:20,21,33; 16:11,12; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Ephesians 3:8; Philippians 4:19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; James 5:1-3; Revelation 3:18
and righteousness
11:4; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 3:8,9
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 29:12 - riches;  Job 28:13 - knoweth;  Psalm 35:27 - righteous cause;  Proverbs 2:4 - thou;  Proverbs 8:21 - to inherit;  Matthew 13:45 - like;  Romans 2:10 - glory;  2 Corinthians 6:14 - and what;  2 Corinthians 9:9 - his;  1 Timothy 6:6 - godliness

Verse 19

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
10; 3:14; Ecclesiastes 7:12
Reciprocal: Job 28:13 - knoweth;  Job 28:15 - It cannot be gotten for gold;  Psalm 19:10 - than gold;  Psalm 119:72 - better;  Proverbs 2:4 - thou;  Proverbs 16:16 - GeneralLuke 16:11 - true;  2 Corinthians 6:14 - and what;  1 Peter 1:7 - precious

Verse 20

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
lead
or, walk.
3:6; 4:11,12; 6:22; Psalms 23:3; 25:4,5; 32:8; Isaiah 2:3; 49:10; 55:4; John 10:3,27,28; Revelation 7:17
in the
4:25-27; Deuteronomy 5:32
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:27 - the Lord;  Joshua 1:7 - turn not;  Psalm 25:9 - guide;  Psalm 48:14 - guide;  Psalm 73:24 - Thou;  Psalm 119:35 - the path;  Psalm 119:66 - Teach me;  Proverbs 2:8 - keepeth;  Proverbs 14:8 - wisdom;  Ecclesiastes 7:18 - good;  Isaiah 35:8 - the wayfaring;  Isaiah 61:8 - I will direct;  Matthew 7:14 - narrow;  Luke 1:79 - to guide;  Acts 2:28 - made;  Romans 8:14 - led;  Galatians 5:18 - if

Verse 21

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
to inherit
18; 1:13; 6:31; Genesis 15:14; 1 Samuel 2:8; Matthew 25:46; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:17; Hebrews 10:34; 1 Peter 1:4
fill
Psalms 16:11; Ephesians 3:19,20; Revelation 21:7
Reciprocal: Proverbs 15:6 - the house;  John 17:24 - for

Verse 22

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
3:19; John 1:1,2; Colossians 1:17
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:1 - beginning;  Job 15:7 - or wast thou;  Job 28:27 - he prepared it;  Job 38:4 - Where;  Psalm 93:2 - Thy;  Psalm 104:24 - in wisdom;  Psalm 136:5 - GeneralMicah 5:2 - whose;  John 1:15 - he was;  John 5:20 - and showeth;  John 8:58 - Before;  John 17:5 - glorify;  1 Corinthians 1:24 - the wisdom;  Hebrews 1:2 - by whom;  1 John 1:1 - That which;  1 John 1:2 - which was;  Revelation 14:7 - worship

Verse 23

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
Genesis 1:26; Psalms 2:6; Micah 5:2; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:10,11; 1 John 1:1,2
Reciprocal: Job 26:7 - GeneralJob 34:13 - Who hath given;  Psalm 93:2 - Thy;  Psalm 102:25 - GeneralIsaiah 9:6 - The everlasting Father;  Isaiah 43:13 - before;  Isaiah 57:15 - that inhabiteth;  Acts 14:15 - which;  Colossians 1:17 - he;  2 Thessalonians 2:13 - from;  Titus 1:2 - before;  1 Peter 1:20 - verily

Verse 24

When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
I was
Psalms 2:7; John 1:14; 3:16; 5:20; Hebrews 1:5; 1 John 4:9
Reciprocal: Job 38:16 - the springs;  Hebrews 1:6 - And again

Verse 25

Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
Job 15:7,8; 38:4-11; Psalms 90:2; 102:25-28; Hebrews 1:10
Reciprocal: Proverbs 6:35 - regard;  Jonah 2:6 - the earth;  Hebrews 1:6 - And again

Verse 26

While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
as yet
Genesis 1:1-31
fields
or, open places. highest part. or, chief part.
Reciprocal: Job 28:28 - unto man;  Psalm 90:2 - Before;  Psalm 95:5 - hands;  Isaiah 40:12 - measured

Verse 27

When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
he prepared
Psalms 33:6; 103:19; 136:5; Jeremiah 10:12; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2
compass
or, circle.
Isaiah 40:11,22
Reciprocal: Job 37:18 - spread;  Job 38:5 - laid;  Psalm 148:6 - He hath also;  Proverbs 3:19 - Lord

Verse 29

When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
he gave
Genesis 1:9,10; Job 38:8-11; Psalms 33:7; 104:9; Jeremiah 5:22
when he appointed
Job 38:4-7
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:7 - divided;  Genesis 7:11 - all;  Job 26:10 - compassed;  Job 38:11 - Hitherto;  Psalm 95:5 - The sea is his;  Psalm 146:6 - the sea;  Micah 6:2 - foundations;  Matthew 8:26 - and rebuked;  Mark 4:39 - he arose;  Luke 8:25 - being;  John 19:22 - What;  Colossians 1:15 - of every;  Hebrews 1:10 - hast

Verse 30

Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
one
John 1:1-3,18; 16:28
I was daily
Isaiah 42:1; Matthew 3:17; 17:5; John 12:28; Colossians 1:13
Reciprocal: Job 38:4 - Where;  John 3:35 - Father;  Ephesians 1:6 - in

Verse 31

Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
and my
Psalms 16:3; 40:6-8; John 4:34; 13:1; 2 Corinthians 8:9
Reciprocal: Psalm 139:17 - precious;  Ephesians 1:6 - in;  Hebrews 10:7 - Lo

Verse 32

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
for
Psalms 1:1-4; 119:1,2; 128:1; Luke 11:28
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:2 - hearken;  2 Samuel 22:22 - the ways;  Psalm 34:11 - Come;  Psalm 90:12 - that;  Proverbs 1:4 - to the;  Proverbs 1:33 - whoso;  Proverbs 3:13 - is the;  Proverbs 4:1 - attend;  Proverbs 5:7 - Hear;  Proverbs 7:24 - O;  Proverbs 12:1 - loveth;  Isaiah 48:12 - Hearken;  Isaiah 55:2 - Hearken;  Matthew 5:3 - Blessed;  Mark 4:3 - Hearken;  Luke 7:35 - GeneralActs 2:14 - hearken;  James 1:19 - let;  James 2:5 - Hearken;  1 John 2:5 - whoso

Verse 33

Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Hear
1:2,3,8; 4:1; 5:1; Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 10:16,17
refuse
1:21; Psalms 81:11,12; Acts 7:35-37; Hebrews 12:25
Reciprocal: Nehemiah 8:13 - the second;  Proverbs 7:24 - O;  Proverbs 15:32 - refuseth;  Proverbs 22:17 - and hear;  John 5:39 - Search;  Acts 8:28 - and sitting

Verse 34

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
watching
1:21; 2:3,4; Psalms 27:4; 84:10; 92:13; Matthew 7:24; Luke 1:6; 10:39; 11:28; John 8:31,32; Acts 2:42; 17:11,12; James 1:22-25
Reciprocal: Exodus 38:8 - assembling;  1 Kings 10:8 - happy are these;  2 Kings 4:38 - were sitting;  2 Chronicles 9:7 - GeneralNehemiah 8:13 - the second;  Nehemiah 12:44 - Judah rejoiced;  Psalm 25:5 - on thee;  Proverbs 13:4 - but;  Proverbs 19:20 - receive;  Proverbs 22:17 - and hear;  Song of Solomon 1:8 - go;  Song of Solomon 3:2 - the streets;  Luke 8:40 - waiting;  John 1:38 - where;  John 5:3 - waiting;  John 5:39 - Search;  Acts 8:28 - and sitting;  Acts 17:17 - daily;  Acts 19:9 - daily;  Revelation 1:3 - Blessed

Verse 35

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
whoso
1:33; 3:13-18; John 3:16,36; 14:6; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 3:3; 1 John 5:11,12
obtain
Heb. bring forth. favour.
12:2; Ephesians 1:6
Reciprocal: Genesis 6:8 - GeneralProverbs 12:28 - GeneralProverbs 14:9 - among;  Proverbs 16:20 - handleth;  Proverbs 18:22 - and;  Proverbs 19:8 - loveth;  Proverbs 19:20 - receive;  Ecclesiastes 7:12 - the excellency;  2 Timothy 2:10 - obtain;  1 Peter 3:10 - love

Verse 36

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
he
1:31; 20:2; John 3:19,20; Acts 13:46; Hebrews 2:3; 10:29
all
5:11,12,22,23; Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11; John 15:23,24; 1 Corinthians 16:22 Reciprocal: Exodus 20:5 - of them;  Numbers 16:38 - sinners;  Deuteronomy 30:19 - choose life;  Job 35:6 - GeneralPsalm 18:39 - that;  Psalm 50:17 - hatest;  Proverbs 1:32 - the turning;  Proverbs 6:32 - destroyeth;  Proverbs 11:19 - he;  Proverbs 13:24 - GeneralProverbs 19:8 - loveth;  Proverbs 21:6 - seek;  Proverbs 29:24 - hateth;  Jeremiah 25:7 - that ye;  Jeremiah 27:13 - Why;  Jeremiah 44:7 - against;  Hosea 13:9 - thou;  Habakkuk 2:10 - sinned;  John 7:7 - but;  John 8:24 - for;  Acts 16:28 - Do;  Romans 1:30 - haters

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/proverbs-8.html.