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

New Living Translation
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.

English Standard Version
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

New American Standard Bible
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

King James Bible
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;

International Standard Version
My son, don't forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind.

NET Bible
My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

New Heart English Bible
My son, do not forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, do not forget my law and let your heart keep my commandments

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, do not forget my teachings, and keep my commands in mind,

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, forget not my teaching; But let thy heart keep my commandments;

New American Standard 1977
My son, do not forget my teaching,
            But let your heart keep my commandments;

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments:

King James 2000 Bible
My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

American King James Version
My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

American Standard Version
My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, forget not my teaching, and let thy heart observe my commandments;

English Revised Version
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, forget not my law; but let thy heart keep my commandments;

World English Bible
My son, don't forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Young's Literal Translation
My son! my law forget not, And my commands let thy heart keep,
Study Bible
Trust in the Lord
1My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; 2For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:6
but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deuteronomy 30:16
in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.

Psalm 91:16
"With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation."

Psalm 119:61
The cords of the wicked have encircled me, But I have not forgotten Your law.

Psalm 119:153
Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law.

Proverbs 2:1
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

Proverbs 4:2
For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.

Proverbs 4:5
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 16:31
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 23:26
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
Treasury of Scripture

My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

forget

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the …

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from …

Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of …

Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD …

Psalm 119:93,153,176 I will never forget your precepts: for with them you have quickened me…

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

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Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you …

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe …

Deuteronomy 30:16-20 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways…

Psalm 119:11,16,34,47,48 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which have drunk at the hand …

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

John 14:21-24 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

Verses 1-18. - 4. Fourth admonitory discourse. The third chapter introduces us to a group of admonitions, and the first of these (vers. 1-18) forms the fourth admonitory discourse of the teacher. To all intents and purposes this is a continuation of the discourse in the preceding chapter, for inasmuch as that described the benefits, spiritual and moral, which follow from the pursuit of Wisdom, in promoting godliness and providing safety from evil companions, so this in like manner depicts the gain flowing from Wisdom, the happiness of the man who finds Wisdom, and the favour which he meets with both with God and man. The discourse embraces exhortations to obedience (vers. 1-4), to reliance on God (vers. 5, 6) against self-sufficiency and self-dependence (vers. 7, 8), to self-sacrificing devotion to God (vers. 9, 10), to patient submission to God's afflictive dispensations (vers. 11, 12), and concludes with pointing out the happy gain of Wisdom, her incomparable value, and wherein that value consists (vers. 13-18). It is noticeable that in each case the exhortation is accompanied with a corresponding promise of reward (vers, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), and these promises are brought forward with the view to encourage the observance of the duties recommended or enjoined. Jehovah is the central point to which all the exhortations converge. Obedience, trust, self-sacrificing devotion, submission, are successively brought forward by the teacher as due to God, and the persons in whom they are exhibited are truly happy in finding Wisdom. The transition in thought from the former to the latter part of the discourse is easy and natural. Obedience and trust are represented as bringing favour, guidance, and health - in a word, prosperity. But God is not only to be honoured in times of prosperity, but also in adversity his loving hand is to be recognized; and in this submission to his will is true wisdom. Verse 1. - My son (b'ni) serves to externally connect this discourse with the preceding. Forget not my law. This admonition bears a strong resemblance to that in Proverbs 1:8, though the terms employed are somewhat different, torah and mits'oth here occupying the place respectively of musar and torah in that passage. My law (torathi), is literally, my teaching, or doctrine, from the root yarah, "to teach." The torah is the whole body of salutary doctrine, and designates "Law" from the standpoint of teaching. Forgetting here is not So much oblivion arising from defective memory, as a wilful disregard and neglect of the admonitions of the teacher. Thine heart (libekha); Vulgate, cor; LXX., καρδία and so the sum total of the affections. Keep; yitstsor, from notsar, "to keep, or observe that which is commanded." The word is of frequent occurrence in the Proverbs, and appears about twenty-five times. My commandments (mits'othay); Vulgate, praecepta mea; LXX., τὰ ῤήματα μου; i.e. my precepts. The Hebrew verb from which it is derived means "to command, or prescribe." The law and commandments here alluded to are those which immediately follow, from ver. 3 onwards. The three main ideas combined in this verse are remembrance, affection, and obedience. Remembering the law or teaching will depend, to a large extent, on the interest felt in that law; and the admonition to "forget not" is an admonition to give "earnest heed," so that the law or teaching may be firmly fixed in the mind. In using the words, "let thy heart keep," the teacher goes to the root of the matter. There may be an historical remembrance of, or an intellectual assent to, the commandments, but these are insufficient, for the keeping of the commandments must be based on the recognition of the fact that the affections of the heart are to be employed in the service of God, the keeping of the commandments is to be a labour of love. Again, the expression, "keep my commandments," implies, of course, external conformity to their requirements: we are "to observe to do them" (Deuteronomy 8:1); but it implies, further, spiritual obedience, i.e. an obedience with which love is combined (Deuteronomy 30:20), and which arises from the inward principles of the heart being in harmony with the spirit of the commandments (see Wardlaw). My son, forget not my law,.... Or, "doctrine" (e); the doctrine of Christ, the Gospel, and the several truths of it; which, being of the utmost moment and importance, should be kept in memory, and not let slip, or be in the least slighted and neglected; see Hebrews 2:1;

but let thine heart keep my commandments; as the ark, or chest, kept the two tables of the law put into it; it denotes a cordial affection for the commandments and ordinances of Christ, a hearty attention and obedience to them, and a constant and cheerful observance of them, flowing from love and gratitude to him, John 14:15.

(e) "doctrinae meae", Piscator, Michaelis; "institutionem meam", Schultens; "doctrinam meam", Cocceius. CHAPTER 3

Pr 3:1-35. The study of truth commended. God must be feared, honored, and trusted, and filial submission, under chastisement, exhibited. The excellence of wisdom urged and illustrated by its place in the divine counsels. Piety enforced by a contrast of the destiny of the righteous and the wicked.

1. law [and] commandments—all divine instructions (see on [641]Ps 119:1 and [642]Ps 119:4).

let thine heart keep—or sincerely observe (Pr 4:13; 5:2).3:1-6 In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.
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