New International Version
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.
King James Bible
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
Darby Bible Translation
The words of the wise are as goads, and the collections [of them] as nails fastened in: they are given from one shepherd.
World English Bible
The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
Young's Literal Translation
Words of the wise are as goads, and as fences planted by the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The words of the wise - Doctrines of faith, illustrated by suitable language, are as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, בעלי אספות baaley asuphoth, the masters of collections, those who had made the best collections of this kind, the matter of which was of the most excellent nature; every saying sinking as deeply into the mind, by the force of the truth contained in it, as a nail well pointed does into a board, when impelled by the hammer's force. These masters of collections have been supposed to be public persons appointed by the prince himself, the sole shepherd, to see that nothing was put into the people's hands but what would be profitable for them to read; and that, when any wise man gave public instructions, a good scribe sat by to take down the words; and then the master examined what he had written, to see that it was upright, and that the words were doctrines of truth. These were something like our licensers of the press; but the existence of such is little more than conjecture.
After all, masters of assemblies may mean public teachers; that which was written, the oracles of God, out of which they instructed the people; the one Shepherd, God Almighty, from whom they received their authority and unction to preach the truth; and by the energy of whose Spirit the heavenly teaching was fastened in their hearts, as a well-driven nail in a sound piece of wood.
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'Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain; 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in …
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A Prayer when one Begins to be Sick.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
"But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father.
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