Proverbs 1:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 1:23, NIV: "Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings."

Proverbs 1:23, ESV: "If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you."

Proverbs 1:23, KJV: "Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Proverbs 1:23, NASB: "Turn to my rebuke, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you."

Proverbs 1:23, NLT: "Come and listen to my counsel. I'll share my heart with you and make you wise."

Proverbs 1:23, CSB: "If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words."

What does Proverbs 1:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

To this point, wisdom has been imagined as a woman shouting out in a crowded marketplace. This is a scenario where everyone in the community is forced to either listen to, or ignore, the voice of the woman. Most people, according to verse 22, prefer to "love being simple." In literal terms, these are the people who prefer to be ignorant.

Here we see the benefits available to those who will stop and listen. Amidst all of the confusion, the crowds, the bustle of activity, some will stop to listen, and accept these difficult words. These are the people who hear what wisdom says and believe. This also means turning away from the sinful temptations of verses 11–14. To such people, wisdom will give knowledge freely. Solomon tells us that wisdom will be poured out to them. In the New Testament this concept is furthered by James when he states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." (James 1:5).