Proverbs 1:5
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New International Version
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

New Living Translation
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance

English Standard Version
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

New American Standard Bible
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

King James Bible
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance--

International Standard Version
Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance

NET Bible
(Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise man will listen and will add to his wisdom and the intelligent will gain leadership

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction-

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the wise will hear them, doctrine shall increase, and the man of understanding shall acquire wise counsel:

King James 2000 Bible
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

American King James Version
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

American Standard Version
That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise man shall hear and shall be wiser: and he that understandeth, shall possess governments.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is wise will hear, and will increase learning; and the intelligent will gain wise counsels:

English Revised Version
That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; and that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

World English Bible
that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:

Young's Literal Translation
(The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the intelligent doth obtain counsels.)
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-6 The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught. If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon's Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion. Solomon speaks of the most important points of truth, and a greater than Solomon is here. Christ speaks by his word and by his Spirit. Christ is the Word and the Wisdom of God, and he is made to us wisdom.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - A wise man will hear, and will increase learning. The change of construction in the original is reproduced in the Authorized Version, but has been rendered variously. Thus Umbreit and Elster, regarding the verb יִשְׁמַע (yish'ma) as conditional, translate, "if the wise man hear;" on the other hand, Delitzsch and Zockler take it as voluntative," let the wise man hear," ete. The principle here enunciated is again stated in Proverbs 9:9, "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser," and finds expression under the gospel economy in the words of our Lord, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance" (Matthew 13:12; cf. 25:29; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18 and Mark 14:26). Learning; Hebrew, לֶקַח (lekakh), in the sense of being transmitted or received (Gesenius, Delitzsch, Dunn). A man of understanding (LXX., ὁ νοήμων; Vulgate, intelligens) is a person of intelligence who lays himself open to be instructed. Wise counsels; Hebrew, תַּחְבֻּלות (takh'buloth). This word is derived from חֹבֶל (khevel), a ship rope, a denominative of חֹבֵל (khovel), and only occurs in the plural. It signifies those maxims of prudence by which a man may direct his course aright through life (cf. regimen, Arabic). The imagery is taken from the management of a vessel, and is reproduced in the LXX. κυβέρνησις, and the Vulgate gubernatio. "Navigationi vitam comparat" (Mariana). The word is almost exclusively confined to the Proverbs, and occurs in Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:5; Proverbs 20:18; and Proverbs 24:6, usually in a good sense, though it has the meaning of "stratagem" in Proverbs 12:5. In the only other passage where it is found it is used of God's power in turning about the clouds; cf. Job 37:12, "And it [i.e. the bright cloud] is turned round about by his counsels (בְּתַחְבּוּל תָוּ, b'thakh'bulothau)." It is the practical correlative of "learning," in the first part of the verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A wise man will hear,.... With great attention, and hearken to the proverbs and wise sayings herein delivered; for here are many things entertaining to men of years and wisdom, as well as instructive to young men and simple ones;

and will increase learning; or "add" (k) to his stock of learning; or, as the Targum,

"will add knowledge;''

see 2 Peter 1:5; or, "will be wiser", as the Vulgate Latin version. This is said to show the excellency of this book, and the extensive usefulness of it; indeed wise men will get knowledge where fools cannot, and increase learning where others can get none: there are few books but a wise man will get something out of; and especially such a book as this, and as the Scriptures are;

and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels; a man of a spiritual understanding arrives to the knowledge of the wise counsels of God; the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the "whole counsel" of God; are recondite wisdom, the hidden wisdom of God, which no wisdom of man is comparable to. It is the wisest scheme that was ever formed, and which the wit of man could never have devised, even salvation by Jesus Christ; and which was laid in God's "counsels of old", which are "faithfulness" and "truth"; the knowledge of which is attained unto by one that is spiritually wise. Moreover, a man that thoroughly understands the things contained in this book is fit to be a counsellor of others in things human and divine; in things moral, civil, and spiritual: he is fit to be in the cabinet council of princes, to be a counsellor of kings; yea, to have the reins of government in his hands. "He shall possess government"; so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions: or, "he shall possess the helm" (l); sit as a pilot there, as the word may signify, and steer the ship aright in which he is; whether it be his family, or the church of God, or a city or corporation, or a kingdom: this book, rightly understood by him, will furnish him with rules to do all things well and wisely.

(k) "addet", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens. (l) "gubernacula possidebit", V. L. "metaphora a nauclero desumpta", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. Such writings the wise, who pursue right ends by right means, will value.

learning—not the act, but matter of it.

wise counsels—or the art and principles of governing.

Proverbs 1:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beginning of Knowledge
4To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Proverbs 14:6
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Ecclesiastes 9:11
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
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Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a …

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish.

Job 34:10,16,34 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Psalm 119:98-100 You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: …

1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say.

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2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

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