Proverbs 22:20
New International Version
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

New Living Translation
I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.

English Standard Version
Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge,

Berean Study Bible
Have I not written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,

New American Standard Bible
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

New King James Version
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

King James Bible
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

Christian Standard Bible
Haven't I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,

Contemporary English Version
I have written thirty sayings filled with sound advice.

Good News Translation
I have written down thirty sayings for you. They contain knowledge and good advice,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Haven't I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,

International Standard Version
Have I not written for you 30 sayings containing counsel and knowledge,

NET Bible
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,

New Heart English Bible
Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And look, I have written these things to you three times

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Didn't I write to you previously with advice and knowledge

JPS Tanakh 1917
Have not I written unto thee excellent things Of counsels and knowledge;

New American Standard 1977
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Have I not written unto thee three times in counsels and knowledge,

King James 2000 Bible
Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

American King James Version
Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

American Standard Version
Have not I written unto thee excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And do thou too repeatedly record them for thyself on the table of thine heart, for counsel and knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I have described it to thee three manner of ways, in thoughts and knowledge :

Darby Bible Translation
Have not I written to thee excellent things, in counsels and knowledge,

English Revised Version
Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge;

Webster's Bible Translation
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

World English Bible
Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge,

Young's Literal Translation
Have I not written to thee three times With counsels and knowledge?
Study Bible
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I instruct you today—yes, you. 20Have I not written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge, 21to show you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to those who sent you?…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:6
Listen, for I speak of noble things, and the opening of my lips will reveal right.

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth.

Treasury of Scripture

Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

Proverbs 8:6
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Psalm 12:6
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Hosea 8:12
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.







Lexicon
Have I not
הֲלֹ֤א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

written
כָתַ֣בְתִּי (ḵā·ṯaḇ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

for you
לְ֭ךָ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

thirty sayings
שָׁלִישִׁ֑ים (šā·lî·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8032: Three days ago, day before, yesterday

about counsel
בְּמ֖וֹעֵצֹ֣ת (bə·mō·w·‘ê·ṣōṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4156: Counsel, plan, principle, device

and knowledge,
וָדָֽעַת׃ (wā·ḏā·‘aṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge
Verse 20. - Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge? There is a difficulty about the word tendered "excellent things." The Khetib has שׁלשׁום, "the day before yesterday, formerly;" but the word occurs nowhere alone, and, as Nowack says, can hardly have been the original reading. However, Ewald, Bertheau, and others, adopting it, suppose that the author refers to some earlier work. Cheyne cites Bickell's rendering, "Now, years before now, have I written unto thee long before with counsels and knowledge," and considers the words to mean either that the compiler took a long time over his work, or that this was not the first occasion of his writing. One does not see why stress should be here laid on former instruction, unless, perhaps, as Plumptre suggests, in contrast to "this day" of the previous verse. The LXX. renders the word τρισσῶς thus, "And do thou record them for thyself triply for counsel and knowledge upon the table of thine heart." St. Jerome has, Ecce descripsi eam tibi tripliciter, in cogitationibus et scientiis. Other versions have also given a numerical explanation to the term. In it is seen an allusion to the three supposed works of Solomon - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticles - which is absurd; others refer it to the threefold division of the Testament - Law, Prophets, and Hagiographa; others, to three classes of youths for whom the admonitious were intended; others, again, think it equivalent to "oftentimes," or "in many forms." But the reading is as doubtful as the explanations of it are unsatisfactory. The genuine word is doubtless preserved in the Keri, which gives שָׁלִשִׁים (shalishim), properly a military term, applied to chariot fighters and men of rank in the army. The LXX. translates the word by τριστὰτης e.g. Exodus 14:7; Exodus 15:4), which is equivalent to "chieftain." Hence the Hebrew term, understood in the neuter gender, is transferred to the chief among proverbs - "choice proverbs," as Delitzsch calls them. The Venetian, by a happy turn, gives τρισμέγιστα. Thus we come back to the rendering of the Authorized Version as meet correct and intelligible. 22:17-21. To these words, to this knowledge, the ear must be bowed down, and the heart applied by faith and love. To live a life of delight in God and dependence on him, is the foundation of all practical religion. The way to know the certainty of the word of truth, is to make conscience of our duty. 22,23. He that robs and oppresses the poor, does so at his peril. And if men will not appear for them, God will. 24,25. Our corrupt hearts have so much tinder in them, that it is dangerous to have to do with those that throw about the sparks of their passion.
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