Proverbs 23:12
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

New Living Translation
Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.

English Standard Version
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.

King James Bible
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Apply yourself to discipline and listen to words of knowledge.

International Standard Version
Learn diligently, and listen to words of knowledge.

NET Bible
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bring your heart to instruction and your ear to the speech of knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Live a more disciplined life, and listen carefully to words of knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Apply thine heart unto chastening and thine ears to the words of wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Apply your heart unto instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

American King James Version
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

American Standard Version
Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thy heart apply itself to instruction: and thy ears to words of knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
Apply thy heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

English Revised Version
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
Apply thy heart to instruction, and thy ears to the words of knowledge.

World English Bible
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
Bring in to instruction thy heart, And thine ear to sayings of knowledge.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:12-16 Here is a parent instructing his child to give his mind to the Scriptures. Here is a parent correcting his child: accompanied with prayer, and blessed of God, it may prove a means of preventing his destruction. Here is a parent encouraging his child, telling him what would be for his good. And what a comfort it would be, if herein he answered his expectation! 17,18. The believer's expectation shall not be disappointed; the end of his trials, and of the sinner's prosperity, is at hand.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12 commences a new series of proverbs of wisdom. This general admonition is addressed to all, tutor and disciple, educator and educated. Apply thine heart unto instruction. (For musar, "instruction," see note on Proverbs 1:2.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Apply thine heart unto instruction,.... To the instruction of parents, and to the instruction of ministers of the word; to the Scriptures, which are profitable to instruction in righteousness; to the instruction of wisdom, or to the Gospel of Christ, which instructs in things relating to him, and to salvation by him: or, "bring in thine heart to instruction" (y); not only bring thy body to the place of instruction, the house of God, but bring thine heart thither also;

and thine ears to the words of knowledge; the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the means of the knowledge of God and Christ, and of all divine, spiritual, and heavenly tidings; and of a growth in the knowledge of them; and therefore should be diligently hearkened and cordially attended to.

(y) "adduc", Piscator; "vel fac ingredi", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus; "adduc et quasi praesens siste", Michaelis,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Here begins another series of precepts.

Proverbs 23:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
11For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you. 12Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge. 13Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:11
for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

Proverbs 23:13
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
Treasury of Scripture

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:19 Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

Proverbs 2:2-6 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…

Proverbs 22:17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

James 1:21-25 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

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