Proverbs 3:13
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New International Version
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

New Living Translation
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.

English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,

International Standard Version
How joyful is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding,

NET Bible
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the son of man who finds understanding

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who obtains understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is the man that has found wisdom and who brings to light intelligence,

King James 2000 Bible
Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.

American King James Version
Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets 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:

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

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.

World English Bible
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of a man who hath found wisdom, And of a man who bringeth forth understanding.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:13-20 No precious jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business; we must venture all in it, and be willing to part with all for it. This Wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ and his salvation, sought and obtained by faith and prayer. Were it not for unbelief, remaining sinfulness, and carelessness, we should find all our ways pleasantness, and our paths peace, for his are so; but we too often step aside from them, to our own hurt and grief. Christ is that Wisdom, by whom the worlds were made, and still are in being; happy are those to whom he is made of God wisdom. He has wherewithal to make good all his promises.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 13-18. - The teacher here enters upon the last part of this discourse. In doing so, he reverts to his main subject, which is Wisdom, or the fear of the Lord (see ver. 7 and Proverbs 1:7), and pronounces a panegyric upon her, comparing her, as in Job 28, with treasures whose value she exceeds, and showing wherein that value consists, viz. in the gifts which she confers on man. Verse 13. - Happy is the man (ash'rey adam); literally, blessings of the man. The plural of "excellence" used here, as in Job 5:17, to raise the sense. The man who has found Wisdom is supremely blessed. Beds connects this blessedness immediately with God's chastisements in the preceding verse. So Delitzsch. That findeth (matsa); properly, hath found. "The perfect expresses permanent possession, just as the imperfect, yaphik, denotes a continually renewed and repeated attaining" (Zockler). The Vulgate also uses the perfect, invenit, "hath found;" LXX., ο{ς εϋρε, "who found" - the aorist. The man that getteth understanding (adam yaphik t'vunah); literally, the man that draweth out understanding, as in the margin. Yaphik is the hiph. future or imperfect of puk, the primary meaning of which is educere, "to draw out," "to bring forth." This verb is used in two widely different senses. In the first place, it is equivalent to "bring forth" or "draw out" in the sense of imparting, as in Isaiah 58:10, "If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry," i.e. impart benefits to them; and Psalm 145:13, "That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store," i.e. yielding, giving out, presenting for our benefit. Its second sense is that of attaining, drawing out from another for one's own use. In this sense it occurs in Proverbs 8:35; Proverbs 12:2; Proverbs 18:22, where it is rendered "obtain." The latter sense is the one that suits the present passage, and best agrees with the corresponding matsa. The man is blessed who draws forth, i.e. obtains, understanding from God for himself. The Vulgate renders, qui affluit prudentia, "who overflows with understanding," or, has understanding in abundance; LXX., ο{ς εῖδε, equivalent to "who saw."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,.... Some connect these words with the preceding; as if the sense was, a good man, though he is chastened by the Lord, yet is a happy man; not only because his chastenings are in love and for good, but because he improves in spiritual knowledge and understanding by them; see Psalm 94:12. Aben Ezra connects them with the former, but in a different manner, thus; "happy is the man that findeth wisdom", for by it he keeps from sinning, that chastisements may not come upon him. But rather the argument in praise of wisdom, and the advantages of it, insisted on in the preceding chapter, is resumed here and enlarged upon; and by wisdom is meant Christ, and a saving knowledge of him by means of his Gospel; and "finding" him supposes seeking him; which does not arise from nature, but the grace of God, and follows upon the sight of the need and worth of Christ; and is done in the use of means, as reading, praying, and attendance on the word and ordinances: and finding him is no other than an enjoyment of him by faith; which is a seeing him, a taking hold on him, and possessing him; who is to be found in the covenant of grace, being the Mediator, surety, and messenger of it; in the Gospel, which is full of him; in the promises of it, which hold him forth, and the blessings of his grace; in the ordinances, which direct unto him, and where he shows himself: for he is not to be found by the light of nature, nor by carnal reason, nor by the law of Moses; but by means of the Gospel, attended with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; and a happy finding this, which fills the possessor with inexpressible joy! see John 1:41;

and the man that getteth understanding; Christ, and a spiritual understanding of him: this is not a proper acquisition of a man's own; an interest in Christ is not gotten by anything of man's; not by his good works, which are the fruits of grace; nor by faith and repentance, which are gifts of grace themselves; but it is given unto a man: and "getting" here signifies, as before, possession and enjoyment of Christ, as God's pure gift; as a man that is said to obtain the favour of God, when he enjoys it, and the effects of it, in consequence of finding Christ, Proverbs 8:35; where the same word is used as here. The word signifies to "draw out" (t); as metals are drawn out of the earth by searching and digging for, or as water out of a well; thus Christ, and the knowledge of him, are drawn out of the mines and fountains of the Scriptures, by such that seek after him aright. Aben Ezra interprets it, that draws or brings it out from another, and learns it; the true believer in Christ hears and learns of the Father, and so comes to Christ, and enjoys him, John 6:45. The Targum is,

"who causes understanding to spring up;''

as water out of a well or fountain; out of his heart, as Gersom; or, as Jarchi, who has learned wisdom, that it is ready to break out, at his mouth; out of the abundance of it in his heart, his mouth speaketh; as such that know Christ cannot but speak to others of the things they have heard and seen, Matthew 12:34.

(t) "educet", Montanus; "eruit", Tigurine version, Vatablus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. findeth—literally, "reaches," or "obtains by seeking."

getteth—literally, "draws out," as metals by digging.

Proverbs 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
13How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.…
Cross References
Job 28:15
It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

Proverbs 8:9
To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.

Proverbs 8:32
"Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:34
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
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