New International Version
Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.
King James Bible
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
Darby Bible Translation
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am intelligence; I have strength.
World English Bible
Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power.
Young's Literal Translation
Mine is counsel and substance, I am understanding, I have might.
Proverbs 8:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Counsel is mine - Direction how to act in all circumstances and on all occasions must come from wisdom: the foolish man can give no counsel, cannot show another how he is to act in the various changes and chances of life. The wise man alone can give this counsel; and he can give it only as continually receiving instruction from God: for this Divine wisdom can say, תושיה Tushiyah, substance, reality, essence, all belong to me: I am the Fountain whence all are derived. Man may be wise, and good, and prudent, and ingenious; but these he derives from me, and they are dependently in him. But in me all these are independently and essentially inherent.
And sound wisdom - See above. This is a totally false translation: תושיה tushiyah means essence, substance, reality; the source and substance of good. How ridiculous the support derived by certain authors from this translation in behalf of their system! See the writers on and quoters of Proverbs 8 (note).
I have strength - Speaking still of wisdom as communicating rays of its light to man, it enables him to bring every thing to his aid; to construct machines by which one man can do the work of hundreds. From it comes all mathematical learning, all mechanical knowledge; from it originally came the inclined plane, the wedge, the screw, the pulley, in all its multiplications; and the lever, in all its combinations and varieties, came from this wisdom. And as all these can produce prodigies of power, far surpassing all kinds of animal energy, and all the effects of the utmost efforts of muscular force; hence the maxim of Lord Bacon, "Knowledge is power," built on the maxim of the tushiyah itself; לי גבורה li geburah, Mine Is Strength.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,
He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
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