Proverbs 19:8
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New International Version
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

New Living Translation
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.

English Standard Version
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

New American Standard Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

King James Bible
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who acquires good sense loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success.

International Standard Version
Whoever obtains wisdom loves himself, and whoever treasures understanding will prosper.

NET Bible
The one who acquires wisdom loves himself; the one who preserves understanding will prosper.

New Heart English Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that gets wisdom loves his soul; he that keeps the faith finds good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who gains sense loves himself. One who guards understanding finds something good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; He that keepeth understanding shall find good.

New American Standard 1977
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
            He who keeps understanding will find good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul; he keeps intelligence that he might find that which is good.

King James 2000 Bible
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

American King James Version
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

American Standard Version
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that possesseth a mind, loveth his own soul, and he that keepeth prudence shall find good things.

Darby Bible Translation
He that getteth sense loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

English Revised Version
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

World English Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is getting heart is loving his soul, He is keeping understanding to find good.
Study Bible
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
7All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone. 8He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:20
He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.
Treasury of Scripture

He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

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Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing …

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

loveth

Proverbs 8:35,36 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD…

John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life …

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his …

he that keepeth

Proverbs 2:1-9 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 3:18,21 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

Proverbs 4:4,6,21 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts …

Proverbs 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall …

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there …

John 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

(8) He that getteth wisdom.--Literally, heart. For that "wisdom," or "knowledge," that begins with the "fear of the Lord" (see above on Proverbs 1:7), and ends with loving Him, is not a matter of intellect only, but of the heart also--i.e., the will and affections.

Verse 8. - He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul. "Wisdom" is, in the Hebrew, leb. "heart;" it is a matter, not of intellect only. but of will and affections (see on Proverbs 15:32). Septuagint, ἀγαπᾷ ἑαυτόν, "loveth himself." The contrary, "hateth his own soul," occurs in Proverbs 29:24. By striving to obtain wisdom a man shows that he has regard for the welfare of his soul and body. Hence St. Thomas Aquinas ('Sum. Theol.,' 1:2, qu. 25, art. 7, quoted by Corn. a Lapide) takes occasion to demonstrate that only good men are really lovers of themselves, while evil men are practically self-haters, proving his position by a reference to Arislotle's numeration of the characteristics of friendship, which the former exhibit, and none of which the latter can possess ('Eth. Nic.,' 9:4). He that keepeth understanding shall find good (Proverbs 16:20). A man must not only strive hard and use all available means to get wisdom and prudence, he must guard them like a precious treasure, not lose them for want of care or let them lie useless; and then he will find that they bring with themselves innumerable benefits. He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul,.... Wisdom and knowledge in things natural and civil; and especially in things divine, spiritual, and evangelical; particularly he that gets Christ, the Wisdom of God, and a saving knowledge of him; see Proverbs 3:13. Or, "he that getteth a heart" (p); a good heart, as the Targum explains it; which is a new heart, and a new spirit; a clean heart and a right spirit; a heart of flesh, a soft, tender, and contrite one, in opposition to a hard heart, a heart of stone: a wise and understanding heart, such an one as Solomon had; a heart to know the Lord, and to fear him; in which his laws are written, the graces of his Spirit are implanted; and in which God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, dwell: he who is desirous of such a he art seeks after it, prays for it, and uses all means to obtain it; and who, through the grace of God; does possess it, as the word signifies; he by all this shows that he has a regard to the good and welfare of his immortal soul; when such, who indulge to ignorance and a wicked heart, wrong and hate their own souls; see Proverbs 29:24;

he that keepeth understanding shall find good; retains the wisdom he has got; holds fast instruction, and keeps it, which is committed to him; abides by the doctrines of the Gospel, and does not depart from them; keeps the ordinances of it, which it is his wisdom and understanding to do; see Deuteronomy 4:6; he finds his account in all this; he finds that which is good, good for him now and hereafter; he finds Christ, and life in him; peace, joy, and comfort in this world: and, in the world to come, glory, honour, and happiness.

(p) "cor", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Mercerus, &c. 8. (Compare Margin; Pr 15:32).

loveth … soul—or, "himself," which he evinces by regarding his best interests.

keepeth—or, "regards."19:3. Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God. 4. Here we may see how strong is men's love of money. 5. Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness. 6. We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty. 7. Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty. 8. Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom. 9. Lying is a damning, destroying sin. 10. A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.
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