Proverbs 8:16
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English Standard Version
by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.

King James Bible
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

American Standard Version
By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice.

English Revised Version
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Her self-commendation is continued in the resumed address:

10 "Receive my instruction, and not silver,

     And knowledge rather than choice gold!

11 For wisdom is better than corals,

     And all precious jewels do not equal her.

12 I, Wisdom, inhabit prudence,

     And the knowledge of right counsels is attainable by me."

Instead of ולא־כּסף influenced by קחוּ, is ואל־כסף with תּקחוּ to be supplied; besides, with most Codd. and older editions, we are to accentuate קחוּ מוּסרי with the erasure of the Makkeph. "Such negations and prohibitions," Fleischer remarks, "are to be understood comparatively: instead of acquiring silver, rather acquire wisdom. Similar is the old Arabic 'l-nâr w-l'-'l-'âr, the fire, and not the disgrace! Also among the modern Arabic proverbs collected by Burckhardt, many have this form, e.g., No. 34, alḥajamat balafas wala alḥajat alanas, Better to let oneself be cut with the axe then to beg for the favour of another" 10b is to be translated, with Jerome, Kimchi, and others: and knowledge is more precious than fine gold (נבחר, neut.: auro pretiosius); and in view of Proverbs 16:16, this construction appears to be intended. But Fleischer has quite correctly affirmed that this assertatory clause is unsuitably placed as a parallel clause over against the preceding imperative clause, and, what is yet more important, that then Proverbs 8:11 would repeat idem per idem in a tautological manner. We therefore, after the Aramaic and Greek translators, take כסף נבחר together here as well as at Proverbs 8:19, inasmuch as we carry forward the קחו: et scientiam prae auro lectissimo, which is also according to the accentuation. Equally pregnant is the מן in מחרוּץ of the passage Proverbs 3:14-15, which is here varied.

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1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me for ever...

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name.

John 14:21,23 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father...

John 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.


Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say...

Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not to the seed of Jacob, Seek you me in vain...

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you...

Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not...

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

Cross References
Proverbs 8:15
By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;

Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

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