Proverbs 1:6
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English Standard Version
to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

King James Bible
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

American Standard Version
To understand a proverb, and a figure, The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall understand a parable, and the interpretation, the words of the wise, and their mysterious sayings.

English Revised Version
To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Webster's Bible Translation
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The call to praise has thus far been addressed to persons not mentioned by name, but, as the names of instruments thus heaped up show, to Israel especially. It is now generalized to "the totality of breath," i.e., all the beings who are endowed by God with the breath of lie (Heb.: נשׁמת חיּים), i.e., to all mankind.

With this full-toned Finale the Psalter closes. Having risen as it were by five steps, in this closing Psalm it hovers over the blissful summit of the end, where, as Gregory of Nyssa says, all creatures, after the disunion and disorder caused by sin have been removed, are harmoniously united for one choral dance (εἰς μίαν χοροστασίαν), and the chorus of mankind concerting with the angel chorus are become one cymbal of divine praise, and the final song of victory shall salute God, the triumphant Conqueror (τῷ τροπαιούχῳ), with shouts of joy. There is now no need for any special closing beracha. This whole closing Psalm is such. Nor is there any need even of an Amen (Psalm 106:48, cf. 1 Chronicles 16:36). The Hallelujah includes it within itself and exceeds it.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a proverb

Matthew 13:10-17,51,52 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables...

Mark 4:11,34 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without...

Acts 8:30,31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understand you what you read...

the interpretation

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

dark

Psalm 49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying on the harp.

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Matthew 13:34,35 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them...

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age...

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood...

Cross References
Numbers 12:8
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Psalm 49:4
I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

Psalm 78:2
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.

Daniel 8:23
And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

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