Pr 8:1
8:1 Doth not {a} wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her

    (a) Solomon declares that man is the cause of his own
        perdition and that he cannot pretend ignorance, for God
        calls all men by his word and his works to follow virtue
        and flee from vice.

Pr 8:3
8:3 She crieth at {b} the gates, at the entry of the city, at
    the entrance of the doors.

    (b) Where the people resorted most and which was the place
        of justice.

Pr 8:9
8:9 They [are] all {c} plain to him that understandeth, and
    right to them that find knowledge.

    (c) Meaning that the word of God is easy to all that have a
        desire for it and are not blinded by the prince of this

Pr 8:12
8:12 I wisdom dwell with {d} prudence, and find out knowledge
     and discretion.

     (d) That is, unless a man has wisdom, which is the true
         knowledge of God, he can be neither a prudent nor good

Pr 8:13
8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate {e} evil: pride, and
     arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I

     (e) So that he who does not hate evil, does not fear God.

Pr 8:15
8:15 By me {f} kings reign, and princes decree justice.

     (f) By which he declares that honours, dignities or riches
         do not come from man's wisdom or industry, but by the
         providence of God.

Pr 8:17
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me {g} early
     shall find me.

     (g) That is, study the word of God diligently, and with a
         desire to profit.

Pr 8:18
8:18 Riches and honour [are] with me; {h} durable riches and

     (h) Signifying that he chiefly means the spiritual
         treasures and heavenly riches.

Pr 8:20
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the
     paths of {i} judgment:

     (i) For there can be no true justice or judgment, which is
         not rejected by this wisdom.

Pr 8:22
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, {k}
     before his works of old.

     (k) He declares by this the divinity and eternity of this
         wisdom, which he magnifies and praises through this
         book: meaning by this the eternal Son of God, Jesus
         Christ our Saviour, whom John calls the Word that was
         in the beginning Joh 1:1.

Pr 8:23
8:23 {l} I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or
     ever the earth was.

     (l) He declares the eternity of the Son of God, who was
         before all time, and ever present with the father.

Pr 8:30
8:30 Then I was by him, {m} [as] one brought up [with him]: and
     I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him;

     (m) Some read, a chief worker signifying that this wisdom,
         Christ Jesus, was equal with God his father, and
         created, preserves and still works with him, as in
         Joh 5:17.

Pr 8:31
8:31 {n} Rejoicing in the habitable part of {o} his earth; and
     my delights [were] with the sons of men.

     (n) By which is declared that the work of the creation was
         no pain, but a solace to the wisdom of God.
     (o) By earth he means men, which is the work of God in whom
         wisdom took pleasure: in that as for man's sake the
         divine wisdom took man's nature, and dwelt among us,
         and filled us with unspeakable treasures, and this is
         the solace and pastime of which is here spoken.