Proverbs 1:21
New International Version
on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:

New Living Translation
She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate:

English Standard Version
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

Berean Study Bible
in the main concourse she cries aloud, at the city gates she makes her speech:

King James Bible
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

New King James Version
She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:

New American Standard Bible
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she declares her sayings:

NASB 1995
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

NASB 1977
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings:

Amplified Bible
She calls out at the head of the noisy streets [where large crowds gather]; At the entrance of the city gates she speaks her words:

Christian Standard Bible
She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:"

American Standard Version
She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She preaches in the chief streets and she speaks her words in the entrances of the city gates.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And she makes proclamation on the top of the walls, and sits by the gates of princes; and at the gates of the city boldly says,

Contemporary English Version
She shouts in the marketplaces and near the city gates as she says to the people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying:

English Revised Version
She crieth in the chief place of concourse; at the entering in of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words:

Good News Translation
calling loudly at the city gates and wherever people come together:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At the corners of noisy streets she calls out. At the entrances to the city she speaks her words,

International Standard Version
She calls out at the busiest part of the noisy streets, and at the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words:

JPS Tanakh 1917
She calleth at the head of the noisy streets, At the entrances of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words:

Literal Standard Version
She calls at the head of the multitudes, "" In the openings of the gates, "" In the city she says her sayings:

NET Bible
at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words:

New Heart English Bible
She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:

World English Bible
She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:

Young's Literal Translation
At the head of the multitudes she calleth, In the openings of the gates, In the city her sayings she saith:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wisdom Calls Aloud
20Wisdom calls out in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; 21in the main concourse she cries aloud, at the city gates she makes her speech: 22“How long, O simple ones, will you love your simple ways? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge?…

Cross References
Proverbs 1:20
Wisdom calls out in the street, she lifts her voice in the square;

Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O simple ones, will you love your simple ways? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 8:1
Does not wisdom call out, and understanding raise her voice?


Treasury of Scripture

She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying,

Proverbs 9:3
She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Matthew 10:27
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Matthew 13:2
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.









(21) Crieth.--She cannot bear to see sinners rushing madly on their doom. (Comp. Christ's weeping over Jerusalem, Luke 19:41; and Romans 9:2, sqq; Philippians 3:18, sqq.)

Verse 21. - She crieth in the chief place of concourse. The chief place is literally the head (רלֺאשׁ, rosh); here used figuratively for the place where streets or roads branch off in different directions, as in Ezekiel 16:25, "the beginning of streets," or "the head of the way;" comp. Genesis 2:10, where it is used of the point at which the four streams branched off; and the corresponding expression in Proverbs 8:2, "She staudeth in the top (rosh) of high places." Of concourse; הֹמִיּות (homiyyoth) is the plural of the adjective, הומִי (homi): literally, "those who are making a noise," or "the tumultuous;" here, as in Isaiah 22:2 and 1 Kings 1:41, used substantively for "boisterous, noisy places" (compare the Vulgate, in capite turbaram). The variation in the LXX., "on high walls," or "on the tops of the walls" (ἐπ᾿ ἄκρων δὲ τειχέων, super summos muros), which is adopted also in the Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic Versions, arises from reading חומות (khomoth), "walls," for the Masoretic homiyyoth. In the openings of the gates. The opening (פֶתַח pethakh) is the opening of the gate, or the entrance by the gate (שַׁעַר, shaar), i.e. of the city, the introitus portae of the Chaldee and Syriac Versions. The openings of the gates would be thronged, as courts of justice were held at the gates (Deuteronomy 16:18; 2 Samuel 15:2); business was carried on there, as the selling and redemption of land (Genesis 23:10-16; Ruth 4:1); markets were also held there (2 Kings 7:1-18); and the same localities were used for the councils of the state and conferences (Genesis 34:20; 2 Samuel 3:27; 2 Chronicles 18:9; Jeremiah 17:19; comp. Proverbs 31:33, "Her husband is known in the gates"). In place of the expression, "in the openings of the gates," the LXX. reads, Ἐπὶ δὲ πύλαις δυναστῶν παρεδρεύει, "And at the gates of the mighty she sits" - an interpolation which only partially represents the sense of the original, and which is adopted in the Arabic. In the next clause, for "in the city" is substituted ἐπὶ δὲ πύλαις πόλεως, "at the gates of the city." The Vulgate combines the separate clauses of the original in one - in foribus portarum urbis, "in the entrances and openings of the gates of the city." In the city (בָעִיר, bair); i.e. in the city itself (so Aben Ezra, ap. Gejerus), as opposed to the entrance by the gates, and so used antithetically (as Umbreit, Bertheau, Hitzig). The publicity of the teaching of Wisdom, observable in the places she selects for that purpose, also marked the public ministry of our Lord and his disciples, and finds an illustration in his command, "What ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops" (Matthew 10:27); i.e. give it all the publicity possible. The spirit of Wisdom, like that of Christianity, is aggressive (see Wardlaw, 'Lectures on Proverbs 4,' vol. 1. pp. 40, 41).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
in the main
בְּרֹ֥אשׁ (bə·rōš)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7218: The head

concourse
הֹמִיּ֗וֹת (hō·mî·yō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 1993: To make a, loud sound, commotion, tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor

she cries aloud,
תִּ֫קְרָ֥א (tiq·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

at the city
בָּעִ֗יר (bā·‘îr)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

gates
שְׁעָרִ֥ים (šə·‘ā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate

she makes
תֹאמֵֽר׃ (ṯō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

her speech:
אֲמָרֶ֥יהָ (’ă·mā·re·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 561: Something said


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