Proverbs 22:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,

New Living Translation
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.

English Standard Version
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,

New American Standard Bible
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;

King James Bible
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge.

International Standard Version
Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my teaching,

NET Bible
Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my instruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bend your ear and hear the words of the wise and apply your heart to knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Open your ears, and hear the words of wise people, and set your mind on the knowledge I give you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bow down thine ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge.

American King James Version
Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.

American Standard Version
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, And apply thy heart unto my knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine :

Darby Bible Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge.

English Revised Version
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bow down thy ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart to my knowledge.

World English Bible
Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.

Young's Literal Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear words of the wise, And thy heart set to my knowledge,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:17-21. To these words, to this knowledge, the ear must be bowed down, and the heart applied by faith and love. To live a life of delight in God and dependence on him, is the foundation of all practical religion. The way to know the certainty of the word of truth, is to make conscience of our duty. 22,23. He that robs and oppresses the poor, does so at his peril. And if men will not appear for them, God will. 24,25. Our corrupt hearts have so much tinder in them, that it is dangerous to have to do with those that throw about the sparks of their passion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17-ch. 24:22. - Part IV. FIRST APPENDIX TO THE FIRST GREAT COLLECTION, containing "words of the wise." Verses 17-21. - The introduction to this first appendix, containing an exhortation to attend to the words of the wise, an outline of the instruction herein imparted, with a reference to teaching already given. Verse 17. - Incline thine ear (comp. Proverbs 4:20; Proverbs 5:1). The words of the wise; verba sapientium, Vulgate. "Wise" is in the plural number, showing that this is not a portion of the collection called, 'The Proverbs of Solomon' (Proverbs 10:1), but a distinct work. (For the term, see note on Proverbs 1:6.) My knowledge. The knowledge which I impart by bringing to notice these sayings of wise men. Septuagint, "Incline (παράβαλλε) thine ear to the words of wise men, and hear my word, and apply thine heart, that thou mayest know that they are good."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise,.... Here begins a new part or division of this book. According to some, the "third"; the "first" ending with Proverbs 9:18, the "second" at Proverbs 22:16, and a "third", beginning here, and ending with Proverbs 24:34. It is certain that what follows from hence to the end of that is written in another style, by way of exhortation, caution; and instruction, and is directed to particular persons: as here an exhortation is made to Solomon's son, or to those that attended his instruction; or rather to the children of Wisdom, that is, Christ; to listen attentively to "the words of the wise"; of Solomon, and other wise men before him, or contemporary with him; or rather of Wisdom and her maidens, Christ, and the wise men sent by him; who are made wise to salvation, and furnished for every good work by him, from whom the words of the wise come; and who speak the wisdom of God in a mystery; and whose doctrines are to be heard and received, not as the word of men, but as the word of God;

and apply thine heart unto my knowledge; the knowledge of divine and spiritual things Christ instructs in, and the knowledge of himself; which is preferable to all other knowledge, and to thousands of gold and silver; and in comparison of which all things are but loss and dung; and therefore should be applied unto with intenseness of mind, and cordially received.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Here begins another division of the book, marked by those encouragements to the pursuit of wisdom, which are found in the earlier chapters. It will be observed that at Pr 22:22-24:12, the proverbs are generally expressed in two verses instead of one (see [645]Introduction).

Proverbs 22:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. 17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge; 18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:2
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

Proverbs 5:1
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.
Treasury of Scripture

Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.

bow

Proverbs 2:2-5 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding…

Proverbs 5:1,2 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding…

and hear

Proverbs 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:4-8 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Proverbs 8:33,34 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not…

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

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

apply

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

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 …

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