|New International Version (© 2011)|
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
King James Bible
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
American Standard Version
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
Young's Literal Translation
'What, my son? and what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?
Proverbs 31:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What, my son? - The Chaldee בר bar is used twice in this verse, instead of the Hebrew בן ben, son. This verse is very elliptical; and commentators, according to their different tastes, have inserted words, indeed some of them a whole sentence, to make up the sense. Perhaps Coverdale has hit the sense as nearly as any other: "These are the wordes of Kynge Lemuel; and the lesson that his mother taughte him. My sonne, thou son of my body, O my deare beloved sonne!"
The son of my vows? - A child born after vows made for offsprings is called the child of a person's vows.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the son of my womb
Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yes, they may forget...
the son of my vows
1 Samuel 1:11,28 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me...
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1 Samuel 1:11 And she made a vow, saying, "LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."
Proverbs 31:1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
Isaiah 49:15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!