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1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

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

5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

 


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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 8 Bible commentary...



Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. (1-11) The nature and riches of Wisdom. (12-21) Christ one with the Father, in the creation of the world, and rejoicing in his work for the salvation of man. (22-31) Exhortations to hear Christ's word. (32-36)1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.

12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.

22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?

32-36 Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.

 


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Gin Sancianco's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 10/12/2014, 6:41am...

" " "Wisdom is personified in Jesus Christ. " " " There is wisdom in all of creation before the birth of Jesus Christ in the revolution of every proton around the nucleus as the earth and the other planets around the sun, in the alternation of the night and the day, in the cycles in nature. John 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ALL THINGS CAME FROM GOD, as His Plan, His Word, His Command. Everyone of us is His Word, every grain of sand nothing comes to being except as He wills. Jesus was His Word, and while the Word remained with God, the Word is God, but when the word WAS MADE FLESH, the Word WAS God. When God said "Let there be light ", those words, that Command, while it remain with God, is God, but NOT when the word became light in whatever form.

 


Gabriel pike's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 9/21/2014, 9:47am...

If you look for god you will find him How good is god the one who created women and men

 


Paulette's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment about verse 17 on 8/24/2014, 6:16am...

Wisdom is personified in Jesus Christ.

 


Hemraj persaud's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 5/22/2014, 8:12pm...

Glory glory to the lamb and lion that sits on the throne,lord jesus is the wisdom of all things that were ever created ,see with the eyes of the holy one and not of flesh and you will see that Jesus is the Lord over all creations ,kings of kings, Lord of Lords..he is God the father ,God the son ,God the helper..

 


Tameka Cook-Phillips's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 4/08/2014, 12:43pm...

The Lord gracefully gives us knowledge of where our source is. The very point in which the road and dirt meets, He always appoints. His grace leads us on our way to what He has in store for us.

 


Left's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment about verse 17 on 12/15/2013, 9:39pm...

Let us seek, because God is kind. The door will be opened when we knock. God will not give us a snake when we ask for a chicken egg. Let us seek with our actions and our thoughts, let our body and our soul both agree in praising God.

 


Word's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 9/19/2013, 9:56am...

Wisdom was with the Father God in the creation of everything. Then you read God, His wisdom and all men. Notice Job 38:7 when God speaks of His creation of earth and you will see the whole family and that's every soul that ever was created. Makes you understand how God knew Jeremiah befor. Also makes you realize how God could love Jacob and hate Esau. God knows everyone, we were there. God created man and said in Our image and did not leave Him self out so we know who came here and set the example and gave His life, flesh life up for us on the cross. So read John 1 and you realize who sits on the Throne and when He sits look to the right hand to the face on the Throne and you will see who God is or at least the Image of the one your looking for because the Spirit of God is to big.

 


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