Proverbs 24:14
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New International Version
Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

New Living Translation
In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

English Standard Version
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

New American Standard Bible
Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

King James Bible
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
realize that wisdom is the same for you. If you find it, you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.

International Standard Version
Keep in mind that wisdom is like that for your soul; if you find it, there will be a future for you, and what you hope for won't be cut short.

NET Bible
Likewise, know that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, you will have a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So also you will find wisdom to your soul, and it will be the end to you, and your hope will not be cut off.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The knowledge of wisdom is like that for your soul. If you find it, then there is a future, and your hope will never be cut off.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: if thou shalt find it, and in the end thy hope shall not be cut off.

King James 2000 Bible
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto your soul: when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your hope shall not be cut off.

American King James Version
So 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.

American Standard Version
So shalt thou know wisdom to be unto thy soul; If thou hast found it, then shall there be a reward, And thy hope shall not be cut off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So also is the doctrine of wisdom to thy soul: which when thou hast found, thou shalt have hope in the end, and thy hope shall not perish.

Darby Bible Translation
so consider wisdom for thy soul; if thou hast found it, there shall be a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

English Revised Version
So shalt thou know wisdom to be unto thy soul: if thou hast found it, then shall there be a reward, and thy hope shall not be cut off.

Webster's Bible Translation
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

World English Bible
so you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; if you have found it, then there will be a reward, your hope will not be cut off.

Young's Literal Translation
So is the knowledge of wisdom to thy soul, If thou hast found that there is a posterity And thy hope is not cut off.
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul; better, know, apprehend wisdom to be such for thy soul - to be as pleasant and nourishing and profitable to thy soul, as honey is to thy taste and thy body. The moralist would have his disciple feel the same relish for wisdom that he has for sweet food, recognize it not simply as useful, but as delightful and enjoyable. When thou hast found it. To find wisdom is to get possession of it and use it (comp. Proverbs 3:13, and note there). Then there shall be a reward. The apodosis begins here. We have had the same assurance in Proverbs 23:18 (where see note). The word is literally future. One who has obtained wisdom has a glorious hope before him; habebis in novissimis spem, Vulgate; but his hope is better than that - it goes with him, not in his last hour only, but all his life long. Septuagint, "Then shalt thou perceive wisdom in thy soul; for if thou find it, fair shall be thine end, and hope shall not fail thee."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul,.... Or let it be taken in as greedily and with as good an appetite; as pleasant, useful, delightful, and profitable; even the knowledge of Christ, the Wisdom of God, which is preferable to all things else, and more desirable than the most pleasant and profitable things in the world; and of the Gospel of Christ, the wisdom of God in a mystery, than which nothing is more sweet and comfortable to a truly gracious soul; it is like Ezekiel's roll, which was in his mouth as honey for sweetness, Ezekiel 3:3;

when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward; for though there may be some difficulty and trouble to attain it, in the use of means, by reading, bearing, prayer, and meditation, yet, being enjoyed, it carries its own reward with it; a man is abundantly recompensed for all his pains in the pursuit of it, by the pleasure and profit it yields him now and hereafter; for it is the beginning of life eternal, and will issue in it, John 17:3; see Proverbs 2:3;

and thy expectation shall not be cut off; or "hope" (o); as the hope of the hypocrite will, Job 8:14, the hope of eternal life, as founded on Christ and his righteousness, where such that know Wisdom place their hope; and this hope will not make them ashamed; they will not be disappointed, their expectation shall not perish, they will have what they are waiting and hoping for, and what is promised unto them; see Gill on Proverbs 23:18. The Targum is,

"which if thou findest, the last shall come better than the first, and thy hope shall not be consumed.''

(o) "spes tua", Mercerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. reward—literally, "after part," the proper result (compare Pr 23:18; Ps 37:37, 38).

Proverbs 24:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Be Envious of Evil Men
13My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; 14Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off. 15Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place;…
Cross References
Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Proverbs 2:10
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 23:18
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Treasury of Scripture

So 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.

shall be

Proverbs 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall …

Psalm 19:10,11 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: …

Psalm 119:103,111 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!…

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

when

Proverbs 2:1-5,10 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

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Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is an end; and your expectation shall not be cut off.

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, …

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

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