Proverbs 3:13
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English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

King James Bible
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

American Standard Version
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom and is rich in prudence:

English Revised Version
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Were "kindness and truth" (Proverbs 3:3) understood only in relation to men, then the following admonition would not be interposed, since it proceeds from that going before, if there the quality of kindness and truth, not only towards man, but also towards God, is commended:

5 Trust in Jahve with thy whole heart,

   And lean not on thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him,

   And He will make plain thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes;

   Fear Jahve, and depart from evil.

8 Health will then come to thy navel,

   And refreshing to thy bones.

From God alone comes true prosperity, true help. He knows the right way to the right ends. He knows what benefits us. He is able to free us from that which does us harm: therefore it is our duty and our safety to place our confidence wholly in Him, and to trust not to our own judgment. The verb בּטח, Arab. baṭḥ, has the root-meaning expandere, whence perhaps, by a more direct way than that noted under Psalm 4:6, it acquires the meaning confidere, to lean with the whole body on something, in order to rest upon it, strengthened by על, if one lean wholly - Fr. se reposer sur quelqu'un; Ital. riposarsi sopra alcuno, - like השּׁען with אל, to lean on anything, so as to be supported by it; with על, to support oneself on anything (Fl.). דעהוּ (the same in form as שׂאהוּ, Numbers 11:12) is not fully represented by "acknowledge Him;" as in 1 Chronicles 28:9 it is not a mere theoretic acknowledgment that is meant, but earnest penetrating cognizance, engaging the whole man. The practico-mystical דעהוּ, in and of itself full of significance, according to O. and N.T. usage, is yet strengthened by toto corde. The heart is the central seat of all spiritual soul-strength; to love God with the whole heart is to concentrate the whole inner life on the active contemplation of God, and the ready observance of His will. God requites such as show regard to Him, by making plain their path before them, i.e., by leading them directly to the right end, removing all hindrances out of their way. ארחתיך has Cholem in the first syllable (vid., Kimchi's Lex.).

(Note: In the st. constr. Proverbs 2:19, and with the grave suff. Proverbs 2:15, ǒ instead of ō is in order; but Ben-Asher's ארחתי, Job 13:27, cf. Job 33:11, is an inconsistency.)

"Be not wise in thine own eyes" is equivalent to ne tibi sapiens videare; for, as J. H. Michaelis remarks, confidere Deo est sapere, sibi vero ac suae sapientiae, desipere. "Fear God and depart from evil" is the twofold representation of the εὐσέβεια, or practical piety, in the Chokma writings: Proverbs 16:6, the Mashal Psalm 34:10, Psalm 34:15, and Job 28:28 cf. Proverbs 1:2. For סר מרע, the post-biblical expression is ירא חטא.

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Proverbs 4:5-9 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth...

Proverbs 8:32-35 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways...

1 Kings 10:1-9,23,24 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions...

Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man...

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Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.

Cross References
Job 28:15
It cannot be bought for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price.

Proverbs 8:9
They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

Proverbs 8:32
"And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:34
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

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