Proverbs 22:20

ESV Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge,
NIV Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
NASB Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
CSB Haven't I written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,
NLT I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.
KJV Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

What does Proverbs 22:20 mean?

This indicates that what follows are thirty sayings of wisdom. These proverbs offer sound advice. These useful directions for life come from men of knowledge. Part of their purpose is to encourage trust of God (Proverbs 22:19). The other is to lead persons to truth and goodness (Proverbs 22:21).

Those who sincerely seek to apply God's Word and trust in Him can understand God's will and pursue the correct path through life. Proverbs 3:5–6 counsels: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." When the Lord commissioned Joshua to lead the Hebrews into the Promised Land, He told Joshua, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Joshua 1:8).
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