Proverbs 2:3

NET ©

indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding –

NIV ©

and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

NASB ©

For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

NLT ©

Cry out for insight and understanding.

MSG ©

That's right--if you make Insight your priority, and won't take no for an answer,

BBE ©

Truly, if you are crying out for good sense, and your request is for knowledge;

NRSV ©

if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding;

NKJV ©

Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,

KJV
Yea, if thou criest
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after knowledge
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[and] liftest up
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thy voice
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for understanding
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{liftest...: Heb. givest thy voice}
HEBREW
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hnwbtl
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arqt
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hnybl
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Ma
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yk (2:3)
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LXXM
ean
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CONJ
gar
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PRT
thn
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T-ASF
sofian
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N-ASF
epikalesh
 
V-AAS-3S
kai
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CONJ
th
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T-DSF
sunesei
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N-DSF
dwv
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V-AAS-2S
fwnhn
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N-ASF
sou
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P-GS
thn
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T-ASF
de
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PRT
aisyhsin
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N-ASF
zhthshv
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V-AAS-2S
megalh
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A-DSF
th
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T-DSF
fwnh
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N-DSF
NET © [draft] ITL
indeed
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, if
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you call
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out for discernment
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– raise
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your voice
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for understanding
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NET © Notes

tn Both particles retain their individual meanings, otherwise the verse would begin with a strong adversative and be a contrast to what has been said.

tn Heb “summon.”

sn The noun recalls the second purpose of the book (1:2). It is also cognate to the last word of 2:2, forming a transition. The two objects of the prepositions in this verse are actually personifications, as if they could be summoned.

tn Heb “give your voice”; the expression is idiomatic for raising or lifting the voice to make a sound that carries further (e.g., Jer 2:15). This deliberate expression indicates that something significant is being uttered. J. H. Greenstone says, “If it [understanding] does not come at your first call, raise your voice to a higher pitch, put forth greater efforts” (Proverbs, 17).