Proverbs 2:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

New Living Translation
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

English Standard Version
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

New American Standard Bible
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

King James Bible
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding;

International Standard Version
making your ear attentive to wisdom, and turning your heart to understanding—

NET Bible
by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will incline your ear to wisdom and turn your heart to understanding

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if you pay close attention to wisdom, and let your mind reach for understanding,

Jubilee Bible 2000
so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to intelligence,

King James 2000 Bible
So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

American King James Version
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

American Standard Version
So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: Incline thy heart to know prudence:

Darby Bible Translation
so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom [and] thou apply thy heart to understanding;

English Revised Version
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Webster's Bible Translation
So that thou incline thy ear to wisdom, and apply thy heart to understanding;

World English Bible
So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - This verse is dependent on the preceding. So that thou incline. The literal translation is "to incline;" but the inclination of the ear and the application of the heart follow as a consequence upon the precepting ideas (cf. the Vulgate, ut audiat sapientiam auris tua). The root idea of the original (קָשַׁב kashav) is "to sharpen," viz. the ear as expressed, and so to give diligent attention to the precepts of Wisdom. In Proverbs 1:24 it is rendered "to regard." To apply thine heart is to turn the heart with the whole scope of its powers, in the spirit of humility and eagerness, to understanding. As the ear represents the outward vehicle of communication, so the heart (לִב, lev) represents the inward, the intellectual faculty, the mind, or it may mean the affections as suggested by the LXX. καρδία and Vulgate cor. Understanding (תְּבוּנָה, t'vunah) is here interchanged with "wisdom," which must determine its meaning to some extent. The LXX. interpreters take it as σύνεσις, the faculty of comprehension." Like בִינָה (vinah) in Proverbs 1:2, the word describes the faculty of distinguishing or separating: but it does not appear to be here used as representing this "as a faculty of the soul, but as a Divine power which communicates itself as the gift of God" (Delitzsch). A second and perhaps simpler sense may be given to the sentence. It may mean the turning or applying of the heart in an affectionate and loving way, i.e. with full purpose, to the discrimination of what is right and what wrong. The ideas of wisdom and understanding seem to some extent to be brought forward as personifications. They are things outside of ourselves, to which we have to give attention. Religion appeals not only to the affections, but also to the intellect, as this satisfies all the yearnings of our nature.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So that thou incline thine ear unto Wisdom,.... Hearken to Wisdom, that is, Christ; or rather to the instruction of Wisdom, which is the Gospel; so called, because it is the produce of divine wisdom, what the wisdom of man could never have devised, and which it opposes; and in which there is a most glorious display of the wisdom of God, in the justification and salvation of his people by Christ, 1 Corinthians 2:6; and is worth listening unto with the greatest attention, which is what is designed by this expression;

and apply thine heart to understanding; to a spiritual and experimental understanding of the Gospel, and the truths of it: for an inclination of the ear, without an application of the heart, which signifies the intenseness of the mind, an earnest and hearty desire after knowledge, will signify nothing; a hypocrite may seemingly hear with great attention, and show much affection, and yet his heart be after the world and the things of it, Ezekiel 33:31; see Psalm 119:112.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Listen attentively and reflect seriously (Pr 1:24; Ps 130:2).

understanding—right perception of truth.

Proverbs 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
1My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, 2Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:3
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

Proverbs 4:1
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 4:20
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

Proverbs 22:17
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
Treasury of Scripture

So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

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Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles …

Psalm 119:111,112 Your testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are …

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …

Matthew 13:9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

apply

Psalm 22:17-21 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare on me…

Psalm 25:12 What man is he that fears the LORD? him shall he teach in the way …

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, …

Ecclesiastes 8:9,16 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

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