Proverbs 8:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.

New Living Translation
"I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.

English Standard Version
“To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.

New American Standard Bible
"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

King James Bible
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
People, I call out to you; my cry is to mankind.

International Standard Version
"I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!

NET Bible
"To you, O people, I call out, and my voice calls to all mankind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she says, “To you, men, I call, and my voice to the children of men”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am calling to all of you, and my appeal is to all people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.

King James 2000 Bible
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

American King James Version
To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

American Standard Version
Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O ye men, to you I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

Darby Bible Translation
Unto you, men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of man:

English Revised Version
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

World English Bible
"To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.

Young's Literal Translation
Unto you, O men, I call, And my voice is unto the sons of men.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4-11. - She summons various classes of persons to attend to her, showing how trustworthy she is, and how precious her instruction. Verse 4. - Unto you, O men, I call. "Men," ishim (אִישִׁים); equivalent to ἄνδρες, viri, men in the highest sense, who have some wisdom and experience, but need further enlightenment (Isaiah 53:3; Psalm 141:4). The sons of man; בְּנֵי אָדָם, "children of Adam;" equivalent to ἄνθρωποι, homines, the general kind of men, who are taken up with material interests. St. Gregory notes ('Moral ,' 27:6) that persons (heroines) of perfect life are in Scripture sometimes called "men" (viri). And again, "Scripture is wont to call those persons 'men' who follow the ways of the Lord with firm and steady steps. Whence Wisdom says in the Proverbs, 'Unto you, O men, I call.' As if she were saying openly, 'I do not speak to women, but to men; because they who are of an unstable mind cannot at all understand my words'" ('Moral.,' 28:12, Oxford transl.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Unto you, O men, I call,.... Not angels, the fallen angels; for, as they had nothing to do with Christ, he had nothing to do with them, or say unto them, Matthew 8:29; nor the brutes, irrational creatures; for, though the Gospel is to be preached to every creature, yet only to rational ones, Mark 16:15, "men", whom God has loved and Christ has redeemed; these are by the Gospel called, and called effectually. There are some men indeed who are only externally called; but there are others who are also called with an holy calling, of which See Gill on Proverbs 1:24. Some think men of eminence are here meant, as rich men, so Aben Ezra; or men of wisdom and knowledge, such as the Scribes and Pharisees, and learned doctors among the Jews; but it rather seems to design men indefinitely, of whatsoever rank or order, state or condition;

and my voice is to the sons of men; which some interpret of the poor, as Aben Ezra; or those who are more illiterate, or the common people; so that high and low, rich and poor, have the Gospel preached unto them; but the phrase seems to intend the same as before, the same thing is said in different words.



Proverbs 8:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
3Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: 4"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 5"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:3
beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:

Proverbs 8:5
You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Treasury of Scripture

To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

Psalm 49:1-3 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world…

Psalm 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, has spoken, and called the earth from …

Matthew 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

2 Corinthians 5:19,20 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Colossians 1:23,28 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

1 Timothy 2:4-6 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth…

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, …

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