Proverbs 8:33
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English Standard Version
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

King James Bible
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

American Standard Version
Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not.

English Revised Version
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But not only did her existence precede the laying of the foundation of the world; she was also actively taking part in the creative work:

"When He prepared the heavens, I was there,

When He measured out a circle for the mirror of the multitude of waters."

Again a sentence clothed with two designations of time. The adv. of place שׁם is used, chiefly poetically, for אז, eo tempore (Arab. thumm, in contradistinction to thamm, eo loco); but here it has the signification of place, which includes that of time: Wisdom was there when God created the world, and had then already long before that come into existence, like as the servant of Jahve, Isaiah 48:16, with just such a שׁם אני, says that He is there from the time that the history of nations received a new direction, beginning with Cyrus. הכין signifies to give a firm position or a definite direction. Thus Job 28:27 of Wisdom, whom the Creator places before Himself as a pattern (ideal); here, as Jeremiah 10:12; Psalm 65:7, of the setting up, restoring throughout the whole world. In the parallel member, חוּג, corresponding to שׁמים, appears necessarily to designate the circle or the vault of the heavens (Job 22:14), which, according to the idea of the Hebrews, as in Homer, rests as a half-globe on the outermost ends of the disc of the earth surrounded with water, and thus lies on the waters. Vid., Hupfeld under Psalm 24:2. This idea of the ocean girdling the earth is introduced into the O.T. without its being sanctioned by it. The lxx (καὶ ὅτε ἀφώριζε τὸν ἑαυτοῦ θρόνον ἐπ ̓ ἀνέμων) appears to understand תהום of the waters above; but תהום never has this meaning, ים (Job 9:8; Job 36:30) might rather be interpreted of the ocean of the heavens. The passage in accordance with which this before us is to be expounded is Job 26:10 : He has set a limit for the surface of the waters, i.e., describing over them a circle setting bounds to their region. So here, with the exchange of the functions of the two words; when He marked out a circle over the surface of the multitude of waters, viz., to appoint a fixed region (מקוה, Genesis 1:10) for them, i.e., the seas, fountains, rivers, in which the waters under the heavens spread over the earth. חקק signifies incidere, figere, to prescribe, to measure off, to consign, and directly to mark out, which is done by means of firm impressions of the graver's tools. But here this verb is without the Dagesh, to distinguish between the infinitive and the substantive חקּו (his statute or limit); for correct texts have בּחקו (Michlol 147a); and although a monosyllable follows, yet there is no throwing back of the tone, after the rule that words terminating in o in this case maintain their ultima accentuation (e.g., משׂמו אל, Numbers 24:23). Fleischer also finally decides for the explanation: quum delinearet circulum super abysso, when He marked out the region of the sea as with the circle.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 1:2,3,8 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding...

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:

Isaiah 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money; come you, buy, and eat...

Romans 10:16,17 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who has believed our report...


Proverbs 1:21 She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying,

Psalm 81:11,12 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me...

Acts 7:35-37 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge...

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

Cross References
Proverbs 4:1
Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

Proverbs 15:32
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

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