Proverbs 8:4
New International Version
“To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.

New Living Translation
“I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.

English Standard Version
“To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.

Berean Study Bible
“To you, O men, I call out, and my cry is to the sons of men.

King James Bible
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

New King James Version
“To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

New American Standard Bible
“To you, people, I call, And my voice is to mankind.

NASB 1995
“To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

NASB 1977
“To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

Amplified Bible
“To you, O men, I call, And my voice is directed to the sons of men.

Christian Standard Bible
“People, I call out to you; my cry is to the children of Adam.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
People, I call out to you; my cry is to mankind.

American Standard Version
Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she says, "To you, men, I call, and my voice to the children of men"

Brenton Septuagint Translation
You, O men, I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men.

Contemporary English Version
"I am calling out to each one of you!

Douay-Rheims Bible
O ye men, to you I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

English Revised Version
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.

Good News Translation
"I appeal to all of you; I call to everyone on earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am calling to all of you, and my appeal is to all people.

International Standard Version
"I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Unto you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

Literal Standard Version
“To you, O men, I call, And my voice [is] to the sons of men.

NET Bible
"To you, O people, I call out, and my voice calls to all mankind.

New Heart English Bible
"To you men, I call. I send my voice to the sons of humankind.

World English Bible
"To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.

Young's Literal Translation
Unto you, O men, I call, And my voice is unto the sons of men.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
3Beside the gates to the city, at the entrances she cries out: 4“To you, O men, I call out, and my cry is to the sons of men. 5O simple ones, learn to be shrewd; O fools, gain understanding.…

Cross References
Proverbs 8:3
Beside the gates to the city, at the entrances she cries out:

Proverbs 8:5
O simple ones, learn to be shrewd; O fools, gain understanding.


Treasury of Scripture

To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

Psalm 49:1-3
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: …

Psalm 50:1
A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Matthew 11:15
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.









(4) O men--i.e., "great ones;" "sons of man" are those of inferior rank; comp. the Hebrew of Isaiah 2:9, where the same words are translated "great man," and "mean man." Comp. the generality of the invitation of Psalm 49:2.

Verses 4-11. - She summons various classes of persons to attend to her, showing how trustworthy she is, and how precious her instruction. Verse 4. - Unto you, O men, I call. "Men," ishim (אִישִׁים); equivalent to ἄνδρες, viri, men in the highest sense, who have some wisdom and experience, but need further enlightenment (Isaiah 53:3; Psalm 141:4). The sons of man; בְּנֵי אָדָם, "children of Adam;" equivalent to ἄνθρωποι, homines, the general kind of men, who are taken up with material interests. St. Gregory notes ('Moral ,' 27:6) that persons (heroines) of perfect life are in Scripture sometimes called "men" (viri). And again, "Scripture is wont to call those persons 'men' who follow the ways of the Lord with firm and steady steps. Whence Wisdom says in the Proverbs, 'Unto you, O men, I call.' As if she were saying openly, 'I do not speak to women, but to men; because they who are of an unstable mind cannot at all understand my words'" ('Moral.,' 28:12, Oxford transl.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“To you,
אֲלֵיכֶ֣ם (’ă·lê·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

O men,
אִישִׁ֣ים (’î·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

I call out,
אֶקְרָ֑א (’eq·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

and my cry
וְ֝קוֹלִ֗י (wə·qō·w·lî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

is to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the sons
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of men.
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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