New American Standard Bible
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.
King James Bible
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
Darby Bible Translation
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find the knowledge which cometh of reflection.
World English Bible
"I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.
Young's Literal Translation
I, wisdom, have dwelt with prudence, And a knowledge of devices I find out.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wisdom first speaks warnings (Proverbs 1:24 note), next promises (Proverbs 2:1 note); but here she neither promises nor threatens, but speaks of her own excellence. "Prudence" is the "subtilty" (see the margin), the wiliness of the serpent Genesis 3:1, in itself neutral, but capable of being turned to good as well as evil. Wisdom, occupied with things heavenly and eternal, also "dwells with" the practical tact and insight needed for the life of common men. "Witty inventions" are rather counsels. The truth intended is, that all special rules for the details of life spring out of the highest Wisdom as their source.
Library"But Whereunto Shall I Liken this Generation?"
Matth. xi. 16.--"But whereunto shall I liken this generation?" When our Lord Jesus, who had the tongue of the learned, and spoke as never man spake, did now and then find a difficulty to express the matter herein contained. "What shall we do?" The matter indeed is of great importance, a soul matter, and therefore of great moment, a mystery, and therefore not easily expressed. No doubt he knows how to paint out this to the life, that we might rather behold it with our eyes, than hear it with our …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
The Invitation of Wisdom. --Prov. viii.
His Name --The Counsellor
Of the Decrees of God.
To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.
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