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Proverbs 30:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Surely I am more brutish than any man, And have not the understanding of a man;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Truly *I* am more stupid than any one; and I have not a man's intelligence.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Surely, more brutish, am, I, than any man, nor doth, the understanding of a son of earth, pertain to me;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For I am more brutish than any one, And have not the understanding of a man.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I am the most foolish of men, and the wisdom of men is not with me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Surely I [am] more brutish then [any] man, and [haue] not the vnderstanding of a man.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For I am the most simple of all men, and there is not in me the wisdom of men.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Surely x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
I x595
(0595) Complement
A primitive pronoun; I.
[am] more brutish 1198
{1198} Prime
From H1197; properly food (as consumed); that is, (be extension) of cattle brutishness; (concretely) stupid.
than [any] man, 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and have not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
the understanding 998
{0998} Prime
From H0995; understanding.
of a man. 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 30:2-4

_ _ brutish — stupid, a strong term to denote his lowly self-estimation; or he may speak of such as his natural condition, as contrasted with God’s all-seeing comprehensive knowledge and almighty power. The questions of this clause emphatically deny the attributes mentioned to be those of any creature, thus impressively strengthening the implied reference of the former to God (compare Deuteronomy 30:12-14; Isaiah 40:12; Ephesians 4:8).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 30:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 30:2

Surely — This he utters from a modest and humble apprehension of his own ignorance.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 30:2

Surely I [am] more (c) senseless than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.

(c) In this he declares his great humility who would not attribute any wisdom to himself but all to God.

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Job 42:3-6 Who [is] he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. ... Wherefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes.
Psalms 73:22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee.
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in [his] knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image [is] falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them.
2 Peter 2:12-16 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; ... But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
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Jb 42:3. Ps 73:22; 92:6. Pv 5:12. Is 6:5. Jr 10:14. Ro 11:25. 1Co 3:18; 8:2. Jm 1:5. 2P 2:12.

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