Proverbs 1:5
New International Version
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

New Living Translation
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance

English Standard Version
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Berean Study Bible
let the wise listen and gain instruction, and the discerning acquire wise counsel—

New American Standard Bible
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

King James Bible
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Christian Standard Bible
let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance--

Contemporary English Version
If you are already wise, you will become even wiser. And if you are smart, you will learn to understand

Good News Translation
These proverbs can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance--

International Standard Version
Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance

NET Bible
(Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!)

New Heart English Bible
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will attain to sound counsel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise man will listen and will add to his wisdom and the intelligent will gain leadership

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction-

JPS Tanakh 1917
That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning, And the man of understanding may attain unto wise counsels;

New American Standard 1977
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the wise will hear them, doctrine shall increase, and the man of understanding shall acquire wise counsel:

King James 2000 Bible
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

American King James Version
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

American Standard Version
That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For by the hearing of these a wise man will be wiser, and man of understanding will gain direction;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise man shall hear and shall be wiser: and he that understandeth, shall possess governments.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is wise will hear, and will increase learning; and the intelligent will gain wise counsels:

English Revised Version
That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; and that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

World English Bible
that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:

Young's Literal Translation
(The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the intelligent doth obtain counsels.)
Study Bible
The Beginning of Knowledge
4to impart prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5let the wise listen and gain instruction, and the discerning acquire wise counsel— 6to understand the proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

Proverbs 14:6
A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Ecclesiastes 9:11
I saw something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; neither is the bread to the wise, nor the wealth to the intelligent, nor the favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all.

Treasury of Scripture

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

wise

Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 12:1
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

Job 34:10,16,34
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity…

a man

1 Samuel 25:32,33
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: …

2 Chronicles 25:16
And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.







Lexicon
{let} the wise
חָ֭כָם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

listen
יִשְׁמַ֣ע (yiš·ma‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

and gain
וְי֣וֹסֶף (wə·yō·w·sep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

instruction,
לֶ֑קַח (le·qaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3948: Something received, instruction, inveiglement

and the discerning
וְ֝נָב֗וֹן (wə·nā·ḇō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

acquire
יִקְנֶֽה׃ (yiq·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

wise counsel—
תַּחְבֻּל֥וֹת (taḥ·bu·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8458: Steerage, guidance, a plan
(5) A wise man will hear.--That is, if he listen to these proverbs. (Comp. Proverbs 9:9.) It is not the young only who will derive profit from them.

A man of understanding.--Or rather, of discernment.

Wise counsels.--Literally, arts of seamanship: i.e., guiding himself and others aright through the "waves of this troublesome world."

Verse 5. - A wise man will hear, and will increase learning. The change of construction in the original is reproduced in the Authorized Version, but has been rendered variously. Thus Umbreit and Elster, regarding the verb יִשְׁמַע (yish'ma) as conditional, translate, "if the wise man hear;" on the other hand, Delitzsch and Zockler take it as voluntative," let the wise man hear," ete. The principle here enunciated is again stated in Proverbs 9:9, "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser," and finds expression under the gospel economy in the words of our Lord, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance" (Matthew 13:12; cf. 25:29; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18 and Mark 14:26). Learning; Hebrew, לֶקַח (lekakh), in the sense of being transmitted or received (Gesenius, Delitzsch, Dunn). A man of understanding (LXX., ὁ νοήμων; Vulgate, intelligens) is a person of intelligence who lays himself open to be instructed. Wise counsels; Hebrew, תַּחְבֻּלות (takh'buloth). This word is derived from חֹבֶל (khevel), a ship rope, a denominative of חֹבֵל (khovel), and only occurs in the plural. It signifies those maxims of prudence by which a man may direct his course aright through life (cf. regimen, Arabic). The imagery is taken from the management of a vessel, and is reproduced in the LXX. κυβέρνησις, and the Vulgate gubernatio. "Navigationi vitam comparat" (Mariana). The word is almost exclusively confined to the Proverbs, and occurs in Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:5; Proverbs 20:18; and Proverbs 24:6, usually in a good sense, though it has the meaning of "stratagem" in Proverbs 12:5. In the only other passage where it is found it is used of God's power in turning about the clouds; cf. Job 37:12, "And it [i.e. the bright cloud] is turned round about by his counsels (בְּתַחְבּוּל תָוּ, b'thakh'bulothau)." It is the practical correlative of "learning," in the first part of the verse. 1:1-6 The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught. If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon's Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion. Solomon speaks of the most important points of truth, and a greater than Solomon is here. Christ speaks by his word and by his Spirit. Christ is the Word and the Wisdom of God, and he is made to us wisdom.
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