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Proverbs 7:4

4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”

Proverbs 7:4 in Other Translations

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend,
4 Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.
4 Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion.
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding [your] relative.

Proverbs 7:4 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 7:4

Say unto wisdom, Thou art [my] sister
Intimately acquainted, greatly beloved, and highly delighted in: this may be understood both of the Gospel, the wisdom of God in a mystery, which men should be conversant with, be strongly affected to, and take delight and pleasure in; and of Christ, the essential Wisdom of God, and who stands in the relation of a brother to his people, and should be respected as such; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman;
or "kinsman" F1; such Christ is in our nature, our "goel", our near kinsman, partaker of the same flesh and blood, and therefore is not ashamed to call us brethren, nor should we be ashamed to call him kinsman: moreover, his Word and Gospel, and the understanding of it, should be familiar to us; it should be well "known" F2 by us, as the word used signifies, and dwell richly in us.


F1 (edm) "cognatum", Piscator.
F2 "Notam", Montanus, Michaelis.

Proverbs 7:4 In-Context

2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.
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