Proverbs 23:19
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New International Version
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

New Living Translation
My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.

English Standard Version
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

New American Standard Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

King James Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course.

International Standard Version
Listen, my son, and be wise, commit yourself to live God's way.

NET Bible
Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, my son, and be wise, and set up my doctrine in your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, listen, be wise, and keep your mind going in the right direction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and straighten thy heart in the way.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

American King James Version
Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

American Standard Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise: and guide thy mind in the way.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou, my son, hear and be wise, and direct thy heart in the way.

English Revised Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way.

World English Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path!

Young's Literal Translation
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And make happy in the way thy heart,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19-21. - An exhortation to temperance, as one of the results of the fear of God, prefaced by an exhortation to wisdom. Verse 19. - Hear thou. The pronoun gives force and personality to the injunction (Job 33:33). Guide thine heart in the way. (For אשׁר, "to guide straight," see on Proverbs 4:14) "The way" is the right way, in distinction to the many wrong paths of life - the way of understanding, as it is called (Proverbs 9:6). Septuagint, "Direct aright the thoughts of thy heart," for right thoughts lead to right actions.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear thou, my son, and be wise,.... Hear the instruction of a father, of the word of Wisdom, of the ministers of the Gospel, which is the way to be wise unto salvation; faith comes by hearing; spiritual wisdom, and an increase of it; the Spirit of God, and his gifts and graces;

and guide thine heart in the way; in the way of the Lord, in the way of wisdom and understanding, in the way of truth and faith, in the way of religious worship, in the way of the commandments and ordinances of the Lord; in all which the heart should be guided and directed, or otherwise it will be of no avail.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19-21. guide … way—or direct thy thoughts to a right course of conduct (compare Pr 4:4; 9:6).

Proverbs 23:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
18Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off. 19Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way. 20Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

Proverbs 9:6
Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."
Treasury of Scripture

Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

and guide

Proverbs 23:12,26 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge…

Proverbs 4:10-23 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life …

in the way or 'in the right way'

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