Proverbs 3:19
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English Standard Version
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

King James Bible
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

American Standard Version
Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.

English Revised Version
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Such submission to God, the All-wise, the All-directing, who loves us with fatherly affection, is wisdom, and such wisdom is above all treasures.

13 Blessed is the man who has found wisdom,

     And the man who has gained understanding;

14 For better is her acquisition than the acquisition of silver,

     And her gain than fine gold.

15 More precious is she than corals;

     And all thy jewels do not equal her value.

The imperfect יפיק, which as the Hiph. of פּוּק, exire, has the general meaning educere, interchanges with the perfect מצא. This bringing forth is either a delivering up, i.e., giving out or presenting, Isaiah 58:10; Psalm 140:9; Psalm 144:13 (cf. נפק, Arab. nafaḳ, to give out, to pay out), or a fetching out, getting out, receiving, Proverbs 8:35; Proverbs 12:2; Proverbs 18:22. Thus 13a reminds one of the parable of the treasure in the field, and 13b of that of the goodly pearl for which the ἔμπορος who sought the pearl parted with all that he had. Here also is declared the promise of him who trades with a merchant for the possession of wisdom; for סחרהּ and סחר (both, as Isaiah 23:3, Isaiah 23:18; Isaiah 45:15, from סחר, the latter after the forms זרע, נטע, without our needing to assume a second primary form, סחר) go back to the root-word סחר, to trade, go about as a trader, with the fundamental meaning ἐμπορεύεσθαι (lxx); and also the mention of the pearls is not wanting here, for at all events the meaning "pearls" has blended itself with פּנינים, which is a favourite word in the Mashal poetry, though it be not the original meaning of the word. In 14b כּסף is surpassed by חרוּץ (besides in the Proverbs, found only in this meaning in Psalm 68:14), which properly means ore found in a mine, from חרץ, to cut in, to dig up, and hence the poetic name of gold, perhaps of gold dug out as distinguished from molten gold. Hitzig regards χρυσός as identical with it; but this word (Sanskr. without the ending hir, Zench. zar) is derived from ghar, to glitter (vid., Curtius). תּבוּאתהּ we have translated "gain," for it does not mean the profit which wisdom brings, the tribute which it yields, but the gain, the possession of wisdom herself.

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Proverbs 8:27-29 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass on the face of the depth...

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.

Psalm 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever.

Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Jeremiah 51:15 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

established or prepared

Cross References
Psalm 104:24
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalm 136:5
to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Proverbs 8:22
"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.

Proverbs 8:27
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

Proverbs 8:28
when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

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