Proverbs 2:3
New International Version
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

New Living Translation
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

English Standard Version
yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

Berean Study Bible
if you truly call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,

New American Standard Bible
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

King James Bible
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Christian Standard Bible
furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,

Contemporary English Version
Beg as loud as you can for good common sense.

Good News Translation
Yes, beg for knowledge; plead for insight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,

International Standard Version
if, indeed, you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

NET Bible
indeed, if you call out for discernment--raise your voice for understanding--

New Heart English Bible
Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And call to understanding and lift up your voice to intelligence

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if indeed you call out for insight, if you ask aloud for understanding,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, if thou call for understanding, And lift up thy voice for discernment;

New American Standard 1977
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

Jubilee Bible 2000
yea, if thou criest for understanding and givest thy voice unto intelligence,

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

American King James Version
Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

American Standard Version
Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For it thou shalt call to wisdom, and utter thy voice for understanding;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to prudence:

Darby Bible Translation
yea, if thou criest after discernment [and] liftest up thy voice to understanding;

English Revised Version
Yea, if thou cry after discernment, and lift up thy voice for understanding;

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

World English Bible
Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
For, if for intelligence thou callest, For understanding givest forth thy voice,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
2if you incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding, 3if you truly call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, 4if you seek it like silver and search it out like hidden treasure,…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:9
Therefore give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?"

Proverbs 2:2
if you incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding,

Proverbs 2:4
if you seek it like silver and search it out like hidden treasure,

Treasury of Scripture

Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;

if

Proverbs 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 8:17
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

1 Kings 3:9-12
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? …

liftest up thy voice







Lexicon
if you
אִ֣ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

truly
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

call out
תִקְרָ֑א (ṯiq·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

to insight
לַבִּינָ֣ה (lab·bî·nāh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 998: An understanding

and lift
תִּתֵּ֥ן (tit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

your voice
קוֹלֶֽךָ׃ (qō·w·le·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

to understanding,
לַ֝תְּבוּנָ֗ה (lat·tə·ḇū·nāh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice
Verse 3. - Yea, if thou criest after knowledge. The endeavour after Wisdom is not only to be sincere, it is also to be earnest, as appears from the "yea, if," and the verbs "crying" and "lifting up the voice," both of which frequently occur in Scripture as indicating earnestness. This earnestness is the counterpart of that which Wisdom herself displays (see Proverbs 1:20, 21). Knowledge; i.e. insight. In the original there is practically little difference between "knowledge" and "understanding" (בִּינָה and תְּבוּנָה). They carry on the idea expressed in "understanding" in the preceding verse, and thus throw the emphasis on the verbs. The LXX. and Vulgate, however, take "knowledge" as equivalent to σοφία, sapientia, "wisdom." The reading of the Targum, "If thou tallest understanding thy mother," arises from reading אִם for אֵם, but is not to be preferred to the Masoretic text, as it destroys the parallelism. 2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.
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