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8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 8:2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

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Everything King James Bible:Proverbs
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Proverbs
Book: Proverbs
Chapter: 8

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.

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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