Proverbs 9:4
New International Version
"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,

New Living Translation
"Come in with me," she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says,

English Standard Version
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says,

Berean Study Bible
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks judgment she says:

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,

King James Bible
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Christian Standard Bible
"Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,

Contemporary English Version
"Everyone who is ignorant or foolish is invited!

Good News Translation
"Come in, ignorant people!" And to the foolish she says,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,"

International Standard Version
"Let whoever is na�ve, turn in here." To anyone lacking sense, she says,

NET Bible
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," she says to those who lack understanding.

New Heart English Bible
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Who is simple minded? Let him come to me, and whoever lacks his mind”; and I shall say to him:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; As for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

New American Standard 1977
“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks understanding she says,

Jubilee Bible 2000
whosoever is simple, let him turn in here; as for those that lack understanding, {Heb. lacking of heart}, she saith unto him,

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that lacks understanding, she says to him,

American King James Version
Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, she said to him,

American Standard Version
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: As for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Whoso is foolish, let him turn aside to me: and to them that want understanding she says,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me. And to the unwise she said:

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither. To him that is void of understanding, she saith,

English Revised Version
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him,

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

World English Bible
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Young's Literal Translation
Who is simple? let him turn aside hither.' Whoso lacketh heart: she hath said to him,
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
3She has sent out her maidservants; she calls out from the heights of the city: 4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks judgment she says: 5“Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 6:32
But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 7:7
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment,

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

Proverbs 9:16
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks judgment she says:

Treasury of Scripture

Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, she said to him,

Proverbs 9:16
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Proverbs 1:22
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.







Lexicon
“Whoever
מִי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

[is] simple,
פֶ֭תִי (p̄e·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

let him turn in
יָסֻ֣ר (yā·sur)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

here!”
הֵ֑נָּה (hên·nāh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 2008: Hither, thither

To him who lacks
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment
לֵ֝֗ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

she says:
אָ֣מְרָה (’ā·mə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say
(4) Whoso is simple . . . as for him that wanteth understanding.--So God does not call many "wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble" (1Corinthians 1:26); but chooses the "foolish," "weak," and "base," whom man might overlook; not being willing that any should perish (2Peter 3:9), especially His "little ones" (Matthew 18:14). who are liable to fall through their inexperience and want of judgment.

Verses 4-12. - Here follows the invitation of Wisdom, urging the attendance of guests at the sumptuous banquet which she has prepared (comp. Revelation 19:9). Verse 4. - Whose is simple, lot him turn in hither. This is a direct address to the imprudent and inexperienced (see on Proverbs 7:7), calling them to turn aside from the way on which they are going, and to come to her. Vulgate, si quis est parvulus veniat ad me, which reminds one of Christ's tender words, "It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish" (Matthew 18:14). As for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him what follows (so ver. 16). Wisdom's own speech is interrupted, and the writer himself introduces this little clause. She calls on the simple and the unwise, both as necessarily needing her teaching, and not yet inveterate in evil, nor wilfully opposed to better guidance. "The world by wisdom knew not God" and he "hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen" (1 Corinthians 1:21, 26, etc.; comp. Matthew 11:25). 9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
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