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Proverbs 1:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For giving To the simple shrewdness, To the young man, knowledge and discretion.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For giving to simple ones—prudence, To a youth—knowledge and discretion.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— To give subtilty to little ones, to the young man knowledge and understanding.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— To giue subtiltie to the simple, to the yong man knowledge and discretion.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— that he might give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man discernment and understanding.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
To give 5414
{5414} Prime
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
subtilty 6195
{6195} Prime
Feminine of H6193; trickery; or (in a good sense) discretion.
to the simple, 6612
{6612} Prime
From H6601; silly (that is, seducible).
to the young man 5288
{5288} Prime
From H5287; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication a servant; also (by interchange of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age).
knowledge 1847
{1847} Prime
From H3045; knowledge.
and discretion. 4209
{4209} Prime
From H2161; a plan, usually evil (machination), sometimes good (sagacity).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 1:1-4.

Proverbs 1:4

_ _ simple — one easily led to good or evil; so the parallel.

_ _ young man — one inexperienced.

_ _ subtilty — or prudence (Proverbs 3:21; Proverbs 5:21).

_ _ discretion — literally, “device,” both qualities, either good or bad, according to their use. Here good, as they imply wariness by which to escape evil and find good.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 1:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 1:4

Simple — Such as want wisdom. Young man — Who wants both experience and self — government.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 1:4

To give subtilty to the (e) simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

(e) To such as have no discretion to rule themselves.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 1:22-23 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? ... Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Proverbs 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Proverbs 9:4-6 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, ... Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.
Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].

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Proverbs 7:7-24 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, ... Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways.
Psalms 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Psalms 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.
Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment. ... Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth [are] vanity.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

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Ps 19:7; 34:11; 119:9, 130. Pv 1:22; 7:7; 8:5, 17, 32; 9:4. Ec 11:9; 12:1. Is 35:8. 2Ti 2:22. Tit 2:6.

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