By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
The building of a house is by wisdom, and by reason it is made strong:
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
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|NET © Notes||
1 tn The preposition בְּ (bet, “by; through”) in these two lines indicates means.
2 sn The twentieth saying, vv. 3-4, concerns the use of wisdom for domestic enterprises. In Prov 9:1 wisdom was personified as a woman who builds a house; but here the emphasis is primarily on the building – it is a sign of security and prosperity (C. H. Toy, Proverbs [ICC], 442). One could still make a secondary application from this line for a household or “family” (cf. NCV, which sees this as a reference to the family).