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Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
King James Bible
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
American Standard Version
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
Young's Literal Translation
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,
Proverbs 3:3 Additional TranslationsKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
With this verse the doctrine begins; אל (not לא) shows the 3a does not continue the promise of Proverbs 3:2. חסד (R. חם, stringere, afficere) is, according to the prevailing usage of the language, well-affectedness, it may be of God toward men, or of men toward God, or of men toward one another - a loving disposition, of the same meaning as the N.T. ἀγάπη (vid., e.g., Hosea 6:6). אמת (from אמנת), continuance, a standing to one's promises, and not falsifying just expectations; thus fidelity, πίστις, in the interrelated sense of fides and fidelitas. These two states of mind and of conduct are here contemplated as moral powers (Psalm 61:8; Psalm 43:3), which are of excellent service, and bring precious gain; and 4b shows that their ramification on the side of God and of men, the religious and the moral, remains radically inseparable. The suffix ם does not refer to the doctrine and the precepts, but to these two cardinal virtues. If the disciple is admonished to bind them about his neck (vid., Proverbs 1:9, cf. Proverbs 3:22), so here reference is made, not to ornament, nor yet to protection against evil influences by means of them, as by an amulet
(Note: Fleischer is here reminded of the giraffe in the Jardin des Plantes, the head of which was adorned by its Arabic keeper with strings and jewels, the object of which was to turn aside the ‛ain [the bad, mischievous look] from the precious beast.)
(for which proofs are wanting), but to the signet which was wont to be constantly carried (Genesis 38:18, cf. Sol 8:6) on a string around the neck. The parallel member 3c confirms this; 3b and 3c together put us in mind of the Tephillim (phylacteries), Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8; Deuteronomy 11:18, in which what is here a figure is presented in external form, but as the real figure of that which is required in the inward parts. לוּח (from לוּח, Arab. l'ah, to begin to shine, e.g., of a shooting star, gleaming sword; vid., Wetzstein, Deutsch. morgenl. Zeitschr. xxii. 151f.) signifies the tablet prepared for writing by means of polish; to write love and fidelity on the tablet of the heart, is to impress deeply on the heart the duty of both virtues, so that one will be impelled to them from within outward (Jeremiah 31:33).
Proverbs 3:3 Parallel CommentariesBind Faith Faithfulness Forsake Good Hanging Heart Kindness Leave Loving-Kindness Mercy Neck Recorded Round Table Tablet Truth WriteBind Faith Faithfulness Forsake Good Hanging Heart Kindness Leave Loving-Kindness Mercy Neck Recorded Round Table Tablet Truth WriteThe ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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2 Corinthians 3:3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Deuteronomy 6:8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deuteronomy 11:18 "You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
2 Samuel 15:20 You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander about with us, since I go I know not where? Go back and take your brothers with you, and may the LORD show steadfast love and faithfulness to you."
Psalm 85:10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Proverbs 1:9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
Proverbs 6:21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.