Proverbs 23:26
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New International Version
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

New Living Translation
O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

English Standard Version
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

New American Standard Bible
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

King James Bible
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

International Standard Version
Give me your heart, my son, and keep your eyes fixed on my ways,

NET Bible
Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes observe my ways;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Give me your heart my son, and your eyes will keep my ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, give me your heart. Let your eyes find happiness in my ways.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, give me thy heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways.

New American Standard 1977
Give me your heart, my son,
            And let your eyes delight in my ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

King James 2000 Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

American King James Version
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

American Standard Version
My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, give me thy heart: and let thy eyes keep my ways.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

English Revised Version
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, give me thy heart, and let thy eyes observe my ways.

World English Bible
My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.

Young's Literal Translation
Give, my son, thy heart to me, And let thine eyes watch my ways.
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 26-28. - A hexastich, in which Wisdom herself is the speaker, and warns against unchastity. Verse 26. - Give me thine heart. Do not waste thy powers and affections on evil objects, but set thy soul with all its best faculties on me, Wisdom, who alone can satisfy its desires and aspirations. There is an eloquent passage in a tract that has gone by St. Bernard's name, though not written by him ('Epist. de Reg. Vitae Spirit.,' 2:1604, Mab.), which is worth quoting: "Cor nostrum nihil dignius perficere potest, quam ut ei se restituat a quo factum est: et hoc a nobis Dominus expetit dicens, 'Fili, da mihi cor tuum.' Tunc siquidem cor hominum Deo datur, quando omnia cogitatio terminatur in eum, gyrat et circumflectitur super eum, et nihil vult possidere praeter eum. Sicque colligato sibi animo, eum diligit, ut sine ipso amarus sit omnis amor. Nec aliud dixerim cor Domino dare, quam ipsum captivare in omni obsequium ejus, et ita voluntati ejus ex toto supponere, ut nihil aliud velit, quam quod noverit eum velle." Let thine eyes observe my ways; keep closely to the paths of virtue which I teach thee, especially the path of purity, as the next verse shows. Vulgate, Vias meas custodiant; Septuagint, Ἐμὰς ὁδοὺς πήρειτωσαν. This is the reading of the Keri, תִּלֺצרְנָה; the Khetib, which Delitzsch and others prefer, reads תִּרְצֶנָה, "delight in" my ways.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My son, give me thine heart,.... These words are not the words of Solomon to his son, for a greater than Solomon is here; besides, the claim and possession of the heart do not belong to a creature, but to God; but they are the words of Wisdom, or Christ, to everyone of his sons, the children the Father has given him in covenant; who are adopted through him, regenerated by his Spirit and grace, begotten by his word and ministers as instruments, and born and brought up in his church, and to whom he stands in the relation of the everlasting Father. The heart of a wicked man is little worth, and not worth having; Satan has the possession of it, and fills it, and influences and draws it at his pleasure; the world is set in it, and there is no room for any other; sensual lusts and pleasures, whoredom, wine, and new wine, take away the heart, Hosea 4:11; and it is to those this exhortation is opposed, as appears from the following verses; and the sense is, give not thine heart to women, nor to wine, but to me. Christ should have the hearts and affections of his people, and he only; he is to be loved with the whole heart, sincerely, and above all things else; and it is a good man's heart he desires; a broken and a contrite heart is not despised by him, he binds it up; a heart purified by faith in his blood, a new heart and a new spirit, in which his laws are put and written; a heart to know him, fear him, love him, and believe in him: and as he requites the heart in the exercise of every grace, as faith, fear, and love; so in the performance of, every duty, which, without the heart, is of no avail; as in prayer, singing of praise, and hearing the word, and other religious services. And it is but reasonable service, that Christ should have the hearts of his children, since he stands in such near relations to them; as father, husband, friend, and brother; is all in all unto them; is so lovely a person himself, and has so loved them, and given himself, his life, his blood, his all, for them;

and let thine eyes observe my ways; the ways which Wisdom, or Christ, took in eternity and time, in order to bring about the salvation of his people; his steps in the covenant of grace, as their surety; his coming down from heaven to earth, to do the will of his Father; his going away from hence, by submitting to the accursed death of the cross, thereby making peace and reconciliation for sin; his ascension to heaven, and session at the right hand of God, where he ever lives to intercede for us; the various methods of his grace, in calling and visiting his people, supplying their wants, protecting their persons, and preserving them safe to his kingdom and glory: these should be observed, with attention and wonder, to the encouragement of faith, and for the magnifying of the riches of grace: also the ways which he prescribes and directs his children to walk in; as himself, who is the way to the Father, the way of life and salvation; the way of faith in him, the way of truth concerning hath; the way of holiness and righteousness he leads in; the ways of his commandments; the ways in which he himself walked; all which should be observed by the enlightened eyes of the understanding, and be imitated, and copied after, and walked in; respect should be had unto them all; they should be observed and kept, as they are directed to, and in faith and love, without depending on them. Some render the words, "let thine eyes run through my ways" (f): take a thorough and exact view of them. There is a letter transposed in the word rendered "observe", which occasions a different reading; "as is a man's heart, so are his eyes"; if his heart is to Christ, his eyes will be in his ways; and, where Christ's ways are not observed, the heart is not given to him.

(f) "currant", Mercerus; "currere edomentur", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26-35. A solemn warning against whoredom and drunkenness (Ho 4:11).

give me—This is the address of that divine wisdom so often presented (Pr 8:1; 9:3, etc.).



my ways—such as I teach you (Pr 3:17; 9:6).

Proverbs 23:26 Additional Commentaries
Consider Diligently what is Before You
25Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you. 26Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways. 27For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:2
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

Psalm 119:24
Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.

Proverbs 3:1
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

Proverbs 4:4
Then he taught me, and he said to me, "Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.
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My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

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Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.


Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with …

Matthew 10:37,38 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves …

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …


Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you…

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

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Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

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