Proverbs 2:3
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New International Version
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

New Living Translation
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

English Standard Version
yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

New American Standard Bible
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

King James Bible
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,

International Standard Version
if, indeed, you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

NET Bible
indeed, if you call out for discernment--raise your voice for understanding--

New Heart English Bible
Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And call to understanding and lift up your voice to intelligence

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if indeed you call out for insight, if you ask aloud for understanding,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, if thou call for understanding, And lift up thy voice for discernment;

New American Standard 1977
For if you cry for discernment,
            Lift your voice for understanding;

Jubilee Bible 2000
yea, if thou criest for understanding and givest thy voice unto intelligence,

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

American King James Version
Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

American Standard Version
Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to prudence:

Darby Bible Translation
yea, if thou criest after discernment [and] liftest up thy voice to understanding;

English Revised Version
Yea, if thou cry after discernment, and lift up thy voice for understanding;

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

World English Bible
Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
For, if for intelligence thou callest, For understanding givest forth thy voice,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
2Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:9
"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"

Proverbs 2:2
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

Proverbs 2:4
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

if

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

1 Kings 3:9-12 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge …

Psalm 25:4,5 Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths…

Psalm 119:34,73,125,169 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe …

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

liftest up thy voice

Verse 3. - Yea, if thou criest after knowledge. The endeavour after Wisdom is not only to be sincere, it is also to be earnest, as appears from the "yea, if," and the verbs "crying" and "lifting up the voice," both of which frequently occur in Scripture as indicating earnestness. This earnestness is the counterpart of that which Wisdom herself displays (see Proverbs 1:20, 21). Knowledge; i.e. insight. In the original there is practically little difference between "knowledge" and "understanding" (בִּינָה and תְּבוּנָה). They carry on the idea expressed in "understanding" in the preceding verse, and thus throw the emphasis on the verbs. The LXX. and Vulgate, however, take "knowledge" as equivalent to σοφία, sapientia, "wisdom." The reading of the Targum, "If thou tallest understanding thy mother," arises from reading אִם for אֵם, but is not to be preferred to the Masoretic text, as it destroys the parallelism. Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,.... Of God, Christ, and the Gospel; not only bow the ear and bend the mind to these things, but importunately and fervently pray for them; not only attend the ministry of the word by men, but cry to God to give the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of divine and spiritual things; which supposes some sense of a want of it, an hearty desire for it, having some apprehension of the worth and value of it; and that it is to be had, as there is indeed great reason to hope for and expect it, James 1:5;

and liftest up thy voice for understanding; for Christ, who is understanding as well as wisdom, Proverbs 8:14; or rather for an understanding of the Gospel and the mysteries of it, which men do not naturally understand; and for which there must be an understanding given, or the eyes of the understanding must be enlightened; or Christ, by his spirit and grace, must open the understanding, that it may understand these things; which is granted to those who lift up their voice in prayer for it. 3. Yea, if—literally, "When if," that is, in such a case.

knowledge—or, "discrimination."

understanding—as in Pr 2:2.2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.
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