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

New Living Translation
Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!

English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

New American Standard Bible
"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.

King James Bible
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors every day, waiting by the posts of my doorway.

International Standard Version
Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways—

NET Bible
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching at my doors day by day, waiting beside my doorway.

New Heart English Bible
Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man who will listen to me and will keep watch upon my gates all day and guards the posts of my gates.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the person who listens to me, watches at my door day after day, and waits by my doorposts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy is the man that hearkeneth to me, Watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

New American Standard 1977
“Blessed is the man who listens to me,
            Watching daily at my gates,
            Waiting at my doorposts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is the man that hears me, keeping vigil at my gates, waiting at the threshold of my doors.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

American King James Version
Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

English Revised Version
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

World English Bible
Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of the man hearkening to me, To watch at my doors day by day, To watch at the door-posts of my entrance.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
33"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. 34"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 35"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.…
Cross References
Exodus 12:7
'Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

1 Kings 10:8
"How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

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Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 8:31,32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Acts 17:11,12 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

(34) Watching daily at my gates.--A figure taken from an ardent scholar waiting till the doors of the school are opened, and he can begin his studies. Or it represents a courtier expecting the appearance of his sovereign, or a lover that of his mistress. (Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 8:2.)

Verse 34. - Watching daily at my gates. The idea suggested has been variously taken; e.g. as that of eager students waiting at the school door for their teacher's appearance; clients besieging a great man's portals; Levites guarding the doors of the temple; a lover at his mistress's gate. This last notion is supported by Wisd. 8:2, "I loved her, and sought her out from my youth; I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty." Waiting at the posts of my doors; keeping close to the entrance, so as to be quite sure of not missing her whom he longs to see. Blessed is the man that heareth me,.... Christ in his Gospel, as speaking by his ministers; for hearing them is hearing him, Luke 10:16; they have their commission from him; are his ambassadors, and represent him; receive their gifts from him; speak according to his mind and will, revealed in his word, and preach him himself. This shows with what attention and reverence the Gospel should be heard; what credit should be given unto it; how it ought to be put in practice; this accounts for the efficacy of it on the souls of men, it being no other than the word of Christ, or Christ himself speaking; and from hence it appears how sad and dreadful will be the case of such that despise it: to hear it is the way to have the knowledge of Christ, and an increase of it; faith in Christ, and a growth therein; the joy of faith, and a furtherance of it; love to Christ, and aboundings in it; and to have spiritual food and nourishment; wherefore it is both the duty and privilege of persons to hear the Gospel of Christ, since these things come by it;

watching daily at my gates; the gates of Wisdom's house, the church of Christ, which are the public ordinances thereof; called in Scripture the gates of Zion, Psalm 87:2; in allusion to the gates of cities, where Wisdom cries, or the ministers of Christ preach, Proverbs 1:21; see Isaiah 26:1; or to the gates of kings, palaces, where courtiers watch to be admitted and received as favourites, or to give in their petitions for themselves or others, Esther 6:10. The church is the palace of the great King; it is an honour to be admitted here, to have a name and a place here, and to sit with the King at his table. Or to the door of the tabernacle, where the people of Israel assembled for worship; or to the gates of the temple, where the priests and Levites watched, Exodus 29:42. "Watching" is opposed to sleep, both to bodily sleep and to sleepy frames of soul; and to intemperance, not only by eating and drinking, but with the cares of this life; and it denotes circumspection, diligence, and attention. Here sensible sinners watch in the ministry of the word and ordinances, if anything drops that they can catch at, suitable to their case and circumstances; as Benhadad's servants did, 1 Kings 20:33; and here souls, under darkness and desertion, watch for spiritual light and comfort, as they that watch for the morning; and here every believer watches for his spiritual edification and establishment in the truth; and which should be "daily" or "day after day", one Lord's day after another; taking all opportunities, in season and out of season, consistent with the duties of their calling, to hear the word; and so they are to continue to the end of life; for happy is he that shall be found thus watching when his Lord cometh, Luke 12:37;

waiting at the posts of my doors; either in allusion to scholars, who wait the opening of the school doors to go in first, as Jarchi observes: Christ is a teacher; sensible souls are his disciples or scholars; the church is the school where they learn of him, and learn him; and waiting at the door posts of it shows early seeking to Christ, and eagerness for instruction from him, Luke 21:38. Or the allusion may be to clients, waiting at the doors of counsellors (y), for counsel, and for patronage and protection, to plead their cause for them; Christ is the wonderful Counsellor, the Advocate with the Father, the Redeemer, mighty and strong, to plead the cause of his people; and therefore it is right to wait at his doors, with whom are counsel and sound wisdom: or else to beggars, that wait at the door for alms; who knock, and wait until the door is opened; tell their case, and wait for relief; receive repulses, and wait still; and will not depart till something is given. So saints should wait at the throne of grace, and upon the word and ordinances, for answers of prayer, performance of promises, and the presence of God and Christ: and so should sinners wait on the outward ministry of the word, remembering the ease of the poor man at the pool, who waited long, and at last had a cure, John 5:5; since faith comes hereby; the Spirit and his graces, Christ and the knowledge of him, are had by such means, as follows.

(y) "Sub galls cantum consultor ubi ostia pulsat", Horat. Sat. l. 1. Sat. 1. v. 10. 34. watching … waiting—literally, "so as to watch"; wait, denoting a most sedulous attention.8:32-36 Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.
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