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

New Living Translation
My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge.

English Standard Version
They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.

King James Bible
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of them are clear to the perceptive, and right to those who discover knowledge.

International Standard Version
Everything I say is sensible to someone who understands, and correct to those who have acquired knowledge.

NET Bible
All of them are clear to the discerning and upright to those who find knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“All these are plain to him who perceives them and they are right to him who chooses to know them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of it is clear to a person who has understanding and right to those who have acquired knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
“They are all straightforward to him who understands,
            And right to those who find knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are all plain to him that understands and right to those that have found wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.

American King James Version
They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.

American Standard Version
They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are right to them that understand, and just to them that find knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

English Revised Version
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

World English Bible
They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
All of them are plain to the intelligent, And upright to those finding knowledge.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
8"All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them. 9"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. 10"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:13
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

Proverbs 14:6
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to …

Proverbs 15:14,24 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the …

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool …

Proverbs 18:1,2,15 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles …

Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 25:12-14 What man is he that fears the LORD? him shall he teach in the way …

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

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Micah 2:7 O you that are named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD …

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

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

(9) They are all plain . . .--Because "the secret of the Lord is (only) with them that fear Him "(Psalm 25:14), and God reveals such things unto them by His Spirit (1Corinthians 2:10), while the "natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him" (ibid., Proverbs 8:14).

Verse 9. - They are all plain to him that understandeth. The man who listens to and imbibes the teaching of Wisdom finds these words intelligible, and "to the point." Opening his heart to receive Divine instruction, he is rewarded by having his understanding enlightened; for while "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 2:14), yet "the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him" (Psalm 25:14), and "mysteries are revealed unto the meek" (Ecclus. 3:19, Complutensian אָ). Right to them that find knowledge (ver. 10). They form an even path without stumbling blocks for those who have learned to discern right from wrong, and are seeking to direct their lives in accordance with high motives. Septuagint, "They are all present (ἐνώπια) to those that understand, and right (ὀρθὰ) to those that find knowledge." They are all plain to him that understandeth,.... Whose understanding is enlightened by the Spirit of God; who is a spiritual man, that has a discerning, and can judge of spiritual things: as for the carnal man, let him have what natural knowledge or wisdom he will, he cannot know these things; for they are spiritually discerned, and can only be discerned by spiritual men. The Bible is a sealed book to others, learned or unlearned; the mysteries or doctrines of the Gospel are hid in parables from such; but those to whom Christ has given an understanding to know him, these know them, and they are plain unto them: for though there are some things hard to he understood in the Scriptures, as in Paul's epistles, and some sublime truths in the Gospel; yet those which are necessary to salvation are easily understood; that faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save the chief of sinners, is a very plain one;

and right to them that find knowledge; a spiritual and experimental knowledge of Christ and his truths. The Targum is,

"to them who desire knowledge;''

and so the Syriac version; that seek for it heartily and diligently, in a right way, in the use of proper means, under the direction and by the assistance of the Spirit of God. 9. plain … understandeth—easily seen by those who apply their minds.

that find—implying search.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.
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