Proverbs 22:20
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New International Version
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

King James Bible
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

Darby Bible Translation
Have not I written to thee excellent things, in counsels and knowledge,

World English Bible
Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge,

Young's Literal Translation
Have I not written to thee three times With counsels and knowledge?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known, etc. -

III. The End for which the wise man gives these instructions: -

1. "That thy trust may be in the Lord." That thou mayest acknowledge Him as the Fountain of all good; and refer every thing to him.

2. That this end may be accomplished, the instructions are specific and particular: "I have made known to thee, even to thee."

3. And this has not only been done in times past, "I have made known:" but even in the present, "I have made known this day!"

IV. An appeal is made to the person himself relative to the matter and importance of the teaching.

1. "Have I not written to thee excellent things;" שלשים shalishim, literally threefold, thrice, in three different ways; which some think refers to his three books: -

1. Song of Solomon.

2. Koheleth, or Ecclesiastes.


Others, understanding it of the voice of Divine wisdom, suppose the three grand divisions of the sacred oracles are intended; viz.,

1. The Law;

2. The Prophets;


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place...

The Rich and the Poor
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, 1871. Proverbs xxii. 2. "The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all." I have been asked to preach here this afternoon on behalf of the Parochial Mission Women's Fund. I may best describe the object for which I plead, as an attempt to civilise and Christianise the women of the lower classes in the poorer districts of London and other great towns, by means of women of their own class--women, who have gone through the same struggles as they have,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Christian Business World
Scripture references: Proverbs 22:29; Romans 12:11; Psalms 24:1; 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8; Psalm 49:6,10,16,17; 62:10; Matthew 13:22; Mark 10:23,24; Job 31:24-26; Proverbs 3:9; Matthew 25:14-30; 24:45-51; 6:19-21; Luke 12:16-21. THE IDEAL IN THE BUSINESS WORLD There is often a wide difference between the methods actually employed in doing business and when they should be. Good men who are in the thick of the battle of competition and rivalry with other firms in the same line of trade, are the quickest
Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian

Cross References
Proverbs 8:6
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

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