Proverbs 8:12
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New International Version
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.

New Living Translation
"I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

English Standard Version
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

Berean Study Bible
I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

New American Standard Bible
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.

King James Bible
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

Christian Standard Bible
I, wisdom, share a home with shrewdness and have knowledge and discretion.

Contemporary English Version
I am Wisdom--Common Sense is my closest friend; I possess knowledge and sound judgment.

Good News Translation
I am Wisdom, and I have insight; I have knowledge and sound judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness and have knowledge and discretion.

International Standard Version
"I, wisdom, am related to prudence. I know how to be discreet.

NET Bible
"I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

New Heart English Bible
"I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I, Wisdom, have created cunning and I own knowledge and reason.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I, Wisdom, live with insight, and I acquire knowledge and foresight.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I wisdom dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge of devices.

New American Standard 1977
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I invent the knowledge of giving counsel.

King James 2000 Bible
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.

American King James Version
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

American Standard Version
I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find out knowledge and discretion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I wisdom dwell in counsel, and am present in learned thoughts.

Darby Bible Translation
I wisdom dwell [with] prudence, and find the knowledge [which cometh] of reflection.

English Revised Version
I wisdom have made subtilty my dwelling, and find out knowledge and discretion.

Webster's Bible Translation
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of ingenious inventions.

World English Bible
"I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.

Young's Literal Translation
I, wisdom, have dwelt with prudence, And a knowledge of devices I find out.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
11For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her. 12I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:4
to impart prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--

Proverbs 8:5
O you simple, learn to be shrewd, and you foolish, gain understanding.

Treasury of Scripture

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.


Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them …

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

Ephesians 1:8,11 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence…

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


Exodus 31:3-6 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, …

Exodus 35:30-35 And Moses said to the children of Israel, See, the LORD has called …

Exodus 36:1-4 Then worked Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man…

1 Kings 7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was …

1 Chronicles 28:12,19 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of …

2 Chronicles 13:14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: …

Isaiah 28:26 For his God does instruct him to discretion, and does teach him.

(12) Dwell with prudence.--('ormah), literally, inhabit it, have settled down and taken up my abode with it, am at home there.

Witty inventions.--Literally, well thought out plans (mezimmoth) translated "discretion" (Proverbs 1:4).

Verse 12-21. - Wisdom tells of her own excellence. Verse 12. - I wisdom dwell with prudence; rather, as in the Revised Version, I have made subtilty (ver. 5) my dwelling. Wisdom inhabits prudence, animates and possesses that cleverness and tact which is needed for the practical purposes of life. So the Lord is said to "inhabit eternity" (Isaiah 57:15). Septuagint, "I wisdom dwelt (κατεσκήνωσα) in counsel and knowledge," which recalls, "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt (ἐσκήνωσεν) among us" (John 1:14). In 1 Timothy 6:16 we find the expression, "Who alone hath (μόνος ἔχων) immortality," exchanged with the phrase, "Who dwelleth (οἰκῶν) in the unapproachable light." And find out knowledge of witty inventions. This rendering refers to the production and solution of dark sayings which Wisdom effects. But the expression is better rendered, "knowledge of deeds of discretion" (ch. 1:4), or "of right counsels," and it signifies that Wisdom presides over all well considered designs, that they are not beyond her sphere, and that she has and uses the knowledge of them. Septuagint, "I (ἐγὼ) called upon understanding," i.e. it is I who inspire all good and righteous thought. I Wisdom dwell with Prudence,.... Here Wisdom begins to speak in her own person, and continues to do so unto the end of the chapter; or Christ describes himself, pencils out and draws his own picture, and a most lovely one it is. In this clause Christ is described by the habitation in which he dwells, "I Wisdom inhabit Prudence" (c); so the words may be rendered; that is the house in which I:dwell: or by his companion with whom he dwells, "with Prudence"; that is my companion with whom I am familiarly conversant. The phrase, taken both ways, shows that Christ is very largely, yea, fully possessed of prudence; as a man that dwells in a house is the proprietor and possessor of it, so prudence is Christ's; it belongs to him, he enjoys it; he dwells in prudence, and prudence dwells in him; all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in him, and the Spirit of wisdom rests upon him: and also it shows that prudence is natural to him, and not adventitious; it does not come from abroad, nor does he go abroad for it; he and Prudence are as it were born and brought up together in one and the same house: and likewise that there is an intimacy and familiarity between them; Prudence is most present with Christ, is always near him, and ready at hand to be exercised by him; as it was when he was incarnate on earth; he "dealt prudently", as it was prophesied he should, Isaiah 52:13; which appeared in his disputation with the doctors in the temple at twelve years of age; by his prudent answers to the ensnaring questions of his enemies; and throughout the whole of his ministry, both as to the manner and matter of it and particularly at the time of his seizure, arraignment, trial, and crucifixion. Or by "prudence" may be meant prudent men, such as are possessed of this quality or virtue, and with such Wisdom, or Christ, dwells; not with the wise and prudent of this world; nor with such who are so in their own conceit; but with such who are sensible of their folly; who are humbled under a sense of sin, and are made wise unto salvation; who believe in Christ, which is a point of the highest prudence; and who walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise; such as these have the presence and company of Christ;

and find out knowledge of witty inventions; the word is sometimes used in an ill sense, and is rendered "wicked devices", Proverbs 12:2; and may be taken in this sense here. Christ, who is God omniscient, knows all that is in the hearts of men; all their thoughts, schemes, and devices; he found out, he scented the knowledge of them when here on earth; he was privy to the secret thoughts and wickedness of men's hearts; he knew all the hypocritical designs and views of the Pharisees, when they tempted him with ensnaring questions; he was apprised of all the ways and methods they devised to take away his life before the time, and so escaped them; he found out the knowledge of Judas's wicked scheme to betray him, and spoke of it to him and others before it was executed; and he knew all the wicked devices and stratagems of Satan against himself, in tempting him in the wilderness, and in putting it into the heart of Judas to betray him; and he knows all his wiles and artful schemes to decoy his people, and makes them known unto them, so that they are not ignorant of his devices. Moreover, it may be understood and interpreted in a good sense, of the thoughts, devices, and purposes of God's heart, as in Jeremiah 23:20; and particularly as relating to man's redemption and salvation: this is a device or "invention" of God; sin is man's invention, by which he fell; but the recovery of man is the invention of God; he found out the persons to be saved in his eternal decrees; and the person that should be the Saviour of them in his council and covenant, and appointed him for the work; and he found out the way and manner of saving men by him, even by the ransom and sacrifice of himself: and this is a "witty" invention, wherein God has abounded in all wisdom and prudence; as appears by settled upon so proper a person to be the Saviour as his own Son; by bringing it about in a way so agreeable to all his perfections, to the satisfaction of his justice, and the honour of his law; and in making such partakers of it, and in such a way, as most glorifies the riches of his grace. And this scheme Christ has full knowledge of, being in the bosom of his Father, as one brought up with him; and was the Angel of the great council, and present when the design was formed; and besides he has found it to his cost, even at the expense of his precious blood; and so has "obtained", or "found redemption" for us, as the phrase is in Hebrews 9:12, and having found it, and the knowledge of it, he makes it known to others by his Spirit, word, and ministers. Likewise these "witty inventions" may be interpreted of the whole Gospel, and the doctrines of it; the Gospel is an "invention", not of men, but of God; not a scheme and device of men, but of God; it is not taught by men, and learned of them, or of them only, but of God; and a "witty" one it is, it is the wisdom of God, the manifold wisdom of God, though esteemed foolishness by men. This Christ has "found out the knowledge of"; he has full and perfect knowledge of it, it is hid in him; it came and was preached by him, as it never was before or since; and he communicated, and still does communicate the knowledge of it; and blessed are they that know the joyful sound!

(c) "habito astutim", Cocceius; "prudentiam", Michaelis; "solertiam", Schultens. 12. prudence—as in Pr 8:5. The connection of "wisdom" and "prudence" is that of the dictates of sound wisdom and its application.

find … inventions—or, "devices," "discreet ways" (Pr 1:4).8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.
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