New International Version
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
King James Bible
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
Darby Bible Translation
I wisdom dwell [with] prudence, and find the knowledge [which cometh] of reflection.
World English Bible
"I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.
Young's Literal Translation
I, wisdom, have dwelt with prudence, And a knowledge of devices I find out.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I wisdom dwell with prudence - Prudence is defined, wisdom applied to practice; so wherever true wisdom is, it will lead to action, and its activity will be always in reference to the accomplishment of the best ends by the use of the most appropriate means. Hence comes what is here called knowledge of witty inventions, דעת מזמות אמצא daath mezimmoth emtsa, "I have found out knowledge and contrivance." The farther wisdom proceeds in man, the more practical knowledge it gains; and finding out the nature and properties of things, and the general course of providence, it can contrive by new combinations to produce new results.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
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