Proverbs 8:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:32, NIV: "Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways."

Proverbs 8:32, ESV: "“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways."

Proverbs 8:32, KJV: "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways."

Proverbs 8:32, NASB: "'Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways."

Proverbs 8:32, NLT: "'And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful."

Proverbs 8:32, CSB: ""And now, sons, listen to me; those who keep my ways are happy."

What does Proverbs 8:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Just as she called at the beginning of the chapter (Proverbs 8:1–4), at the end of the chapter wisdom calls upon Solomon's sons to listen to her and walk in her ways. This personification of wisdom as a woman echoes early portions of the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 1:20–21). It also contrasts chapter 7's depiction of a promiscuous, tempting woman (Proverbs 7:10–15).

God's Word imparts wisdom, and God's Son imparts wisdom. But to gain wisdom a person must listen and obey. Jesus compared those who hear His words and obey them to a wise man who built his house on a rock. The house withstood torrential rain and flooding (Matthew 7:24–25). He also compared those who hear His words but fail to obey them to a foolish man who built his house on sand. The house collapsed under torrential rain and flooding (Matthew 7:26–27). Life brings many trials and challenges, and no one is exempt. Those who trust and obey the Lord meet the trials and challenges victoriously. Their enduring faith proves its validity (1 Peter 1:6–7), but those who fail to trust and obey do not survive trials and challenges. Like the foolish builder Jesus referred to, their lives fall apart.