Proverbs 1:2
New International Version
for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

New Living Translation
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.

English Standard Version
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,

Berean Study Bible
for gaining wisdom and discipline, for comprehending words of insight,

King James Bible
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

New King James Version
To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,

New American Standard Bible
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

NASB 1995
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

NASB 1977
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

Amplified Bible
To know [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction; To discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

Christian Standard Bible
For learning wisdom and discipline; for understanding insightful sayings;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For learning what wisdom and discipline are; for understanding insightful sayings;

American Standard Version
To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To know wisdom and instruction and to notice the words of intelligence;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to know wisdom and instruction, and to perceive words of understanding;

Contemporary English Version
Proverbs will teach you wisdom and self-control and how to understand sayings with deep meanings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To know wisdom, and instruction: To understand the words of prudence:

English Revised Version
To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

Good News Translation
Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meaning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to grasp wisdom and discipline, to understand deep thoughts,

International Standard Version
These proverbs are for gaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;

JPS Tanakh 1917
To know wisdom and instruction; To comprehend the words of understanding;

Literal Standard Version
For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding sayings of intelligence,

NET Bible
To learn wisdom and moral instruction, and to discern wise counsel.

New Heart English Bible
To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the words of understanding.

World English Bible
to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding sayings of intelligence,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Beginning of Knowledge
1These are the proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel, 2for gaining wisdom and discipline, for comprehending words of insight, 3and for receiving instruction in wise living and in righteousness, justice, and equity.…

Cross References
Proverbs 4:1
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and humility comes before honor.


Treasury of Scripture

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

Proverbs 4:5-7
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth…

Proverbs 7:4
Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

Proverbs 8:5
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.









(2) To know.--That is, they are written that one may know. The writer in this and the following verses heaps up synonyms with which to bring out the wide purpose of the instruction he offers.

Wisdom (chokhmah).--The original meaning of this word is "firmness," "solidity," having an opinion based upon sound reasons; the opposite state of mind to being "carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14).

Instruction (m-s?r).--Or rather, discipline, the knowledge how to keep oneself under control. (Comp. 2Peter 1:6 : "Add to your knowledge temperance," or self-control.)

To perceive the words of understanding.--Comp. Hebrews 5:14 : "To have the senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Comp. also Philippians 1:10.) The opposite condition to this is having the heart made "fat" (Isaiah 6:10) by continuance in evil, so that it can no longer understand. . . .

Verse 2. - To know wisdom and instruction. In this verse we have a statement of the first general aim or object of the Proverbs. "To know" (לָדַעַת, ladaath) is somewhat indefinite in the Authorized Version, and might be more accurately rendered. "from which men may know" (De Wette, Noyes); cf. unde scias (Munsterus). The ל which is here prefixed to the infinitive, as in vers. 2, 8, and 6, gives the clause a final character, and thus points out the object which the teaching of the Proverbs has in view. The teaching is viewed from the standpoint of the learner, and hence what is indicated here is not the imparting of knowledge, but the reception or aprrspriation thereof on the part of the laemer. Schultens states that the radical meaning of דָּעַת (daath) is the reception of knowledge into one's self. Wisdom. It will be necessary to go rather fully into this word here on its first appearance in the text. The Hebrew is חָכְמָה (khokhmah). Wisdom is mentioned first, because it is the end to which all knowledge and instruction tend. The fundamental conception of the word is variously represented as either

(1) the "power of judging," derived from צּצּצּ, "to be wise," from the Arabic, "to judge" (Oesenlus); or

(2) "the fixing of a thing for cognition," derived from the Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew חָכַם, as before, which signifies "to fasten" (Zockler), or "compactness," from the same root as before, "to be firm, or closed." It is also variously defined

(1) as "insight into that upright dealing which pleases God - a knowledge of the right way which is to be followed before God, and of the wrong one which is to be shunned" (Zockler); . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
To know
לָדַ֣עַת (lā·ḏa·‘aṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3045: To know

wisdom
חָכְמָ֣ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom

and discipline,
וּמוּסָ֑ר (ū·mū·sār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

to comprehend
לְ֝הָבִ֗ין (lə·hā·ḇîn)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

the words
אִמְרֵ֥י (’im·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 561: Something said

of insight,
בִינָֽה׃ (ḇî·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 998: An understanding


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