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Proverbs 24:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Through wisdom is a house builded; And by understanding it is established;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Through wisdom is a house built, and by understanding it is established;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In wisdom, is a house builded, and, in understanding, is it established;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— By wisdom is a house builded, And by understanding it establisheth itself.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— By wisdom the house shall be built, and by prudence it shall be strengthened.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Through wisedome is an house builded, and by vnderstanding it is established.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A house is built by wisdom, and is set up by understanding.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Through wisdom 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
is an house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
builded; 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
and by understanding 8394
{8394} Prime
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
it is established: 3559
{3559} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).
<8709> Grammar
Stem - Hithpolel (See H8824)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 45
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:3-4

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 14:1; Isaiah 54:14).

_ _ house — including the family.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:3-6

_ _ We are tempted to envy those that grow rich, and raise their estates and families, by such unjust courses as our consciences will by no means suffer us to use. But, to set aside that temptation, Solomon here shows that a man, with prudent management, may raise his estate and family by lawful and honest means, with a good conscience, and a good name, and the blessing of God upon his industry; and, if the other be raised a little sooner, yet these will last a great deal longer. 1. That which is here recommended to us as having the best influence upon our outward prosperity is wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge; that is, both piety towards God (for that is true wisdom) and prudence in the management of our outward affairs. We must govern ourselves in every thing by the rules of religion first and then of discretion. Some that are truly pious do not thrive in the world, for want of prudence; and some that are prudent enough, yet do not prosper, because they lean to their own understanding and do not acknowledge God in their ways; therefore both must go together to complete a wise man. 2. That which is here set before us as the advantage of true wisdom is that it will make men's outward affairs prosperous and successful. (1.) it will build a house and establish it, Proverbs 24:3. Men may by unrighteous practices build their houses, but they cannot establish them, for the foundation is rotten (Habakkuk 2:9, Habakkuk 2:10); whereas what is honestly got will wear like steel and be an inheritance to children's children. (2.) It will enrich a house and furnish it, Proverbs 24:4. Those that manage their affairs with wisdom and equity, that are diligent in the use of lawful means for increasing what they have that spare from luxury and spend in charity, are in a fair way to have their shops, their warehouses, their chambers, filled with all precious and pleasant richesprecious because got by honest labour, and the substance of a diligent man is preciouspleasant because enjoyed with holy cheerfulness. Some think this is to be understood chiefly of spiritual riches. By knowledge the chambers of the soul are filled with the graces and comforts of the Spirit, those precious and pleasant riches; for the Spirit, by enlightening the understanding, performs all his other operations on the soul. (3.) It will fortify a house and turn it into a castle: Wisdom is better than weapons of war, offensive or defensive. A wise man is in strength, is in a strong-hold, yea, a man of knowledge strengthens might, that is, increases it, Proverbs 24:5. As we grow in knowledge we grow in all grace, 2 Peter 3:18. Those that increase in wisdom are strengthened with all might, Colossians 1:9, Colossians 1:11. A wise man will compass that by his wisdom which a strong man cannot effect by force of arms. The spirit is strengthened both for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare by true wisdom. (4.) It will govern a house and a kingdom too, and the affairs of both, Proverbs 24:6. Wisdom will erect a college, or council of state. Wisdom will be of use, [1.] For the managing of the public quarrels, so as not to engage in them but for an honest cause and with some probability of success, and, when they are engaged in, to manage them well, and so as to make either an advantageous peace or an honourable retreat: By wise counsel thou shalt make war, which is a thing that may prove of ill consequence if not done by wise counsel. [2.] For the securing of the public peace: In the multitude of counsellors there is safety, for one may foresee the danger, and discern the advantages, which another cannot. In our spiritual conflicts we need wisdom, for our enemy is subtle.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 24:3

Through wisdom — There is no need that thou shouldest raise thy family by ruining others, which thou mayest more effectually do by wisdom.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

it is:

2 Samuel 7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts [is] the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
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