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Proverbs 1:6

6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.[a]

Proverbs 1:6 in Other Translations

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
6 still a thing or two for the experienced to learn - Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.

Proverbs 1:6 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:6

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation
This may be connected either with the first verse, "the proverbs of Solomon", &c. are written, as for the above ends and purposes, so for these; or with ( Proverbs 1:5 ) , a wise and understanding man, by hearkening and attending to what is here delivered, will not only attain to wise counsels, but to the understanding of proverbial sayings, and to see into the "elegancy" F13, the eloquence and beauty of them, as the word signifies; and be able to interpret them to others in a clear, plain, way and manner;

the words of the wise, and their dark sayings;
the words and doctrines, not of the wise philosophers and sages of the Heathen world, but of men truly wise and good; and especially of the wise inspired writers of the Scriptures, whose words come from one Shepherd, ( Ecclesiastes 12:11 ) ; and the enigmas or riddles contained in their writings, which are so to a natural man, obscure phrases and expressions, things hard and difficult to be understood, yet to a spiritual man, that judgeth all things, plain and easy, ( 1 Corinthians 2:14 1 Corinthians 2:15 ) ( 2 Peter 3:16 ) .


F13 (huylm) "facundiam", Montanus; "eloquentiam", Tigurine version; "elocutionem", Mercerus, Gejerus.

Proverbs 1:6 In-Context

4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 49:4; Psalms 78:2; Matthew 13:10-17
  • 2. S Numbers 12:8; S Judges 14:12
  • 3. Proverbs 22:17; Proverbs 24:23

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "understanding a proverb, namely, a parable," / "and the sayings of the wise, their riddles"
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