Thirty Sayings of the Wise
Saying 1 (Proverbs 22:17-21) through Saying 30 (Proverbs 24:21-22) followed by Further Sayings of the Wise (Proverbs 24:23-34) and then More Proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 25 through Proverbs 29). Finally The Sayings of Agur (Proverbs 30) and the Sayings of King Lemuel along with an Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character (both in Proverbs 31).
Why all the information above? One of the readers let me know they were confused by such labeling as we had yesterday and days prior of Saying 28 from Proverbs 24.
Well it seemed straightforward enough to me, but I decided to check it out and discovered what the problem is … at least I think I did. You see very few Bible versions both describe the verses as I have described them.
Those that match up very well are of course the NIV along with the MEV, the NIRV, and the NIVUK as they label the Sayings as I have provided them. For example go to Bible Gateway here and see the NIV and MEV side by side, they are virtually identical.
Then we have those that are close with the sayings numbered by not labeled as sayings and they are the CEV, ERV, GNT and MSG. There are plenty more that has a title at the beginning of these verses as Words of the Wise, but no numbering or labeling as Sayings. A few of them are ESV, NKJV, LEB and NLT.
So perhaps here it would be useful to note almost all chapter breaks and verse breaks are the works of translators. In fact
Robert Estienne (Robert Stephanus) was the first to number the verses within each chapter, his verse numbers entering printed editions in 1551 (New Testament) and 1571 (Hebrew Bible).
The first Bible in English to use both chapters and verses was the Geneva Bible published in 1560. Wikipedia
So, my apologies if the nomenclature I used caused any confusion. Also, while I am in the Sayings of the Wise, numbered 1-30 please use the NIV and MEV to check me for accuracy as well as other versions for context as I often do.