|New International Version (©2011)|
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
New Living Translation (©2007)
My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
English Standard Version (©2001)
My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;
International Standard Version (©2012)
My son, eat honey, because it's good for you; indeed, drippings from the honeycomb are sweet to your taste;
NET Bible (©2006)
Eat honey, my child, for it is good, and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and honeycomb is sweet to your palate.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Eat honey, my son, because it is good. Honey that flows from the honeycomb tastes sweet.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
My son, eat honey because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste:
American King James Version
My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste:
American Standard Version
My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; And the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to thy taste:
Fat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb most sweet to thy throat:
Darby Bible Translation
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; and a honeycomb is sweet to thy taste:
English Revised Version
My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
Webster's Bible Translation
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to thy taste:
World English Bible
My son, eat honey, for it is good; the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:
Young's Literal Translation
Eat my son, honey that is good, And the honeycomb -- sweet to thy palate.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.
Verses 13, 14. - An exhortation to the study of wisdom, with an analogy. Verse 13. - Eat thou honey, because it is good. Honey entered largely into the diet of the Oriental, and was regarded not only as pleasant to the taste and nutritious, but also as possessed of healing powers. It was especially used for children's food (Isaiah 7:15), and thus becomes an emblem of the purest wisdom. "I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey," says the lover in Song of Solomon 5:1; and the psalmist says that the ordinances of the Lord are "sweeter than honey and the honeycomb" (Psalm 19:10; see on Proverbs 25:16). Palestine was a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8); hence is derived the continual reference to this article of diet in the Bible.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good,.... It is good for food; there was plenty of it in Palestine, and it was eaten for food, not only by children, but grown persons; and was very nourishing, strengthening, and refreshing to them, as Samson, Jonathan, John the Baptist, and others; and is good for medicine, is healthful and salutary, and useful in many diseases: it is said (m) to conduce much to prolong life and preserve from diseases; it has been observed that those who have much used it have lived to a great age;
and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste; because it is so, as all honey is, and especially that which is immediately squeezed or drops from the honeycomb; this is said not so much on account of honey, and the eating of that, as for what follows concerning the knowledge of wisdom, which is comparable to it for pleasure and profit; see Proverbs 16:24 (n).
(m) Athenaei Deipnosophist. l. 2. c. 7. p. 46, 47. so Pierius Valerian. apud Steeb. Coelum Sephirot Heb. c. 7. s. 5. p. 132. (n) Vid. Maimon. Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 30. p. 37.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
13, 14. As delicious food whets the appetite, so should the rewards of wisdom excite us to seek it.
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Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
…12If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that ponders the heart consider it? and he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? 13My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste: 14So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul: when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your expectation shall not be cut off. …
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Song of Solomon 4:11
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
Song of Solomon 5:1
I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.