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Proverbs 8:1

Context
NET ©

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

NIV ©

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

NASB ©

Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?

NLT ©

Listen as wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!

MSG ©

Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?

BBE ©

Is not wisdom crying out, and the voice of knowledge sounding?

NRSV ©

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?

NKJV ©

Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?


KJV
Doth not wisdom
<02451>
cry
<07121> (8799)_?
and understanding
<08394>
put forth
<05414> (8799)
her voice
<06963>_?
NASB ©
Does not wisdom
<02451>
call
<07121>
, And understanding
<08394>
lift
<05414>
up her voice
<06963>
?
HEBREW
hlwq
<06963>
Ntt
<05414>
hnwbtw
<08394>
arqt
<07121>
hmkx
<02451>
alh (8:1)
<03808>
LXXM
su
<4771
P-NS
thn
<3588
T-ASF
sofian
<4678
N-ASF
khruxeiv
<2784
V-FAI-2S
ina
<2443
CONJ
fronhsiv
<5428
N-NSF
soi
<4771
P-DS
upakoush
<5219
V-AAS-3S
NET © [draft] ITL
Does not
<03808>
wisdom
<02451>
call
<07121>
out? Does not understanding
<08394>
raise
<05414>
her voice
<06963>
?
NET ©

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

NET © Notes

sn In this chapter wisdom is personified. In 1:20-33 wisdom proclaims her value, and in 3:19-26 wisdom is the agent of creation. Such a personification has affinities with the wisdom literature of the ancient Near East, and may have drawn on some of that literature, albeit with appropriate safeguards (Claudia V. Camp, Wisdom and the Feminine in the Book of Proverbs, 23-70). Wisdom in Proverbs 8, however, is not a deity like Egypt’s Ma`at or the Assyrian-Babylonian Ishtar. It is simply presented as if it were a self-conscious divine being distinct but subordinate to God; but in reality it is the personification of the attribute of wisdom displayed by God (R. B. Y. Scott, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes [AB], 69-72; and R. Marcus, “On Biblical Hypostases of Wisdom,” HUCA 23 [1950-1951]: 157-71). Many have equated wisdom in this chapter with Jesus Christ. This connection works only in so far as Jesus reveals the nature of the Father, just as Proverbs presents wisdom as an attribute of God. Jesus’ claims included wisdom (Matt 12:42) and a unique knowledge of God (Matt 11:25-27). He even personified wisdom in a way that was similar to Proverbs (Matt 11:19). Paul saw the fulfillment of wisdom in Christ (Col 1:15-20; 2:3) and affirmed that Christ became our wisdom in the crucifixion (1 Cor 1:24, 30). So this personification in Proverbs provides a solid foundation for the similar revelation of wisdom in Christ. But because wisdom is a creation of God in Proverbs 8, it is unlikely that wisdom here is to be identified with Jesus Christ. The chapter unfolds in three cycles: After an introduction (1-3), wisdom makes an invitation (4, 5) and explains that she is noble, just, and true (6-9); she then makes another invitation (10) and explains that she is valuable (11-21); and finally, she tells how she preceded and delights in creation (22-31) before concluding with the third invitation (32-36).



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