Proverbs 1:6
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New International Version
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

King James Bible
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Darby Bible Translation
to understand a proverb and an allegory, the words of the wise and their enigmas.

World English Bible
to understand a proverb, and parables, the words and riddles of the wise.

Young's Literal Translation
For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, Words of the wise and their acute sayings.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Dark sayings - חידת chidoth, enigmas or riddles, in which the Asiatics abounded. I believe parables, such as those delivered by our Lord, nearly express the meaning of the original.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a proverb

Matthew 13:10-17,51,52 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables...

Mark 4:11,34 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without...

Acts 8:30,31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understand you what you read...

the interpretation

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.


Psalm 49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying on the harp.

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Matthew 13:34,35 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them...

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age...

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood...

A Young Man's Best Counsellor
'The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2. To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4. To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion, 5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A Preface to the Reader.
The Sum of the Preface. 1-8. Objections before and since the author's death made against the publishing of this doctrine. 9-10. The first objection: Because the knowledge and practice of it belongs to few: answered. 11-15. A second objection, viz. Because suspicion may be given to Catholics of pretending to new illuminations, prejudicial to the doctrine of faith and rules of life established in the Church: answered largely, and the contrary demonstrated. 16-20. What illuminations are here meant,
Ven. F. Augustine Baker—Holy Wisdom: or, Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation

How the Obstinate and the Fickle are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 19.) Differently to be admonished are the obstinate and the fickle. The former are to be told that they think more of themselves than they are, and therefore do not acquiesce in the counsels of others: but the latter are to be given to understand that they undervalue and disregard themselves too much, and so are turned aside from their own judgment in successive moments of time. Those are to be told that, unless they esteemed themselves better than the rest of men, they would by no
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Cross References
Numbers 12:8
With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Psalm 49:4
I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:

Psalm 78:2
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old--

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.

Daniel 8:23
"In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise.

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