English Standard Version
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
King James Bible
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
Darby Bible Translation
My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine;
World English Bible
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine:
Young's Literal Translation
My son, if thy heart hath been wise, My heart rejoiceth, even mine,
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The following proverb passes from the educator to the pupil:
15 My son, if thine heart becometh wise,
My heart also in return will rejoice;
16 And my reins will exult
If thy lips speak right things.
Wisdom is inborn in no one. A true Arab. proverb says, "The wise knows how the fool feels, for he himself was also once a fool;"
(Note: The second part of the saying is, "But a fool knows not how a wise man feels, for he has never been a wise man." I heard this many years ago, from the mouth of the American missionary Schaufler, in Constantinople.)
and folly is bound up in the heart of a child, according to Proverbs 22:15, which must be driven out by severe discipline. 15b, as many others, cf. Proverbs 22:19, shows that these "words of the wise" are penetrated by the subjectivity of an author; the author means: if thy heart becomes wise, so will mine in return, i.e., corresponding to it (cf. גּם, Genesis 20:6), rejoice. The thought of the heart in Proverbs 23:15 repeats itself in Proverbs 23:16, with reference to the utterance of the mouth. Regarding מישׁרים, vid., Proverbs 1:5. Regarding the "reins," כּליות (perhaps from כּלה, to languish, Job 19:21), with which the tender and inmost affections are connected, vid., Psychologie, p. 268f.
LibraryThe Afterwards and Our Hope
'Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 18. For surely there is an end and thine expectation shall not be cut off.'--PROVERBS xxiii. 17, 18. The Book of Proverbs seldom looks beyond the limits of the temporal, but now and then the mists lift and a wider horizon is disclosed. Our text is one of these exceptional instances, and is remarkable, not only as expressing confidence in the future, but as expressing it in a very striking way. 'Surely there is an end,' says our Authorised Version, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Buying the Truth
Distinction Between Exterior and Interior Actions --Those of the Soul in this Condition are Interior, but Habitual, Continued, Direct, Profound, Simple, and Imperceptible --Being a Continual
The Annunciation of Jesus the Messiah, and the Birth of his Forerunner.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
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