Proverbs 8:34
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English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

King James Bible
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors.

English Revised Version
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Proverbs 8:34 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Proverbs 8:28, Proverbs 8:29, these two features of the figure of the creation of the world return (the beginning of the firmament, and the embankment of the under waters); hence we see that the discourse here makes a fresh start with a new theme:

28 "When He made firm the ether above,

     When He restrained the fountains of the waters;

29 When He set to the sea its bounds,

     That the waters should not pass their limits

     When He settled the pillars of the earth;

30 Then was I with Him as director of the work,

     And was delighted day by day,

     Rejoicing always before Him,

31 Rejoicing in His earth,

     And having my delight in the children of men."

We have, with Symmachus, translated שׁחקים (from שׁחק, Arab. shaḳ, to grind, to make thin) by αἰθέρα, for so the fine transparent strata of air above the hanging clouds are called - a poetic name of the firmament רקיע. The making firm עמּץ is not to be understood locally, but internally of the spreading out of the firmament over the earth settled for continuance (an expression such as Psalm 78:23). In 28b the Masora notices the plur. עינות instead of עינות with לית as unicum (cf. Michlol 191a); the transition of the sound is as in גּלית from galajta. The inf. עזוז appears on the first look to require a transitive signification, as the lxx and the Targ., the Graec. Venet. and Luther (da er festiget die Brnnen der tieffen equals when He makes firm the fountains of the deep) have rendered it. Elster accordingly believes that this signification must be maintained, because בּ here introduces creative activity, and in itself is probably the transitive use of עזז, as the Arab. 'azz shows: when He set His עז against the מים עזּים (Isaiah 43:16). But the absence of the subject is in favour of the opinion that here, as everywhere else, it is intransitive; only we may not, with Hitzig, translate: when the fountains of the flood raged wildly; but, since 28b, if not a creative efficiency, must yet express a creative work, either as Ewald, with reference to מעוז, fortress: when they became firm, or better as Fleischer, with reference to מים עזים: when they broke forth with power, with strong fulness. Whether the suff. of חקּו, 29a, refers back to the sea or to Jahve, is decided after the parallel פּיו. If this word is equivalent to its coast (cf. Psalm 104:9), then both suffixes refer to the sea; but the coast of the sea, or of a river, is called שׂפה, not פּה, which only means ostium (mouth), not ora. Also Isaiah 19:7 will require to be translated: by the mouth of the Nile, and that פי, Psalm 133:2, may denote the under edge, arises from this, that a coat has a mouth above as well as below, i.e., is open. Thus both suff. are to be referred to God, and פיו d is to be determined after Job 23:12. The clause beginning with ומים corresponds in periodizing discourse to a clause with ut, Ewald, 338. בּחוּקו is the same form, only written plene, as Proverbs 8:27, בּחקו equals בּחקּו equals בּחקקו.

(Note: One might regard it as modified from בחקקו; but that שׁוּרי, Psalm 102:12, is modified from שׁררי, or הורי, Genesis 49:26, from הררי, is by no means certain.)

Proverbs 8:34 Parallel Commentaries

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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,

Proverbs 2:3,4 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding...

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life...

Psalm 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God...

Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 8:31,32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed...

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 17:11,12 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves...

Cross References
Exodus 12:7
"Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

1 Kings 10:8
Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!

Proverbs 3:13
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

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