Proverbs 3:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

New Living Translation
My child, don't lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,

English Standard Version
My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,

New American Standard Bible
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

King James Bible
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Maintain your competence and discretion. My son, don't lose sight of them.

International Standard Version
My son, do not let wisdom leave your sight. Carefully observe sound judgment and discernment,

NET Bible
My child, do not let them escape from your sight; safeguard sound wisdom and discretion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, let not your eyes depart from keeping my teaching and my counsels.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, do not lose sight of these things. Use priceless wisdom and foresight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, do not let them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion,

King James 2000 Bible
My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

American King James Version
My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

American Standard Version
My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel:

Darby Bible Translation
My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion:

English Revised Version
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion;

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, let not them depart from thy eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

World English Bible
My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Young's Literal Translation
My son! let them not turn from thine eyes, Keep thou wisdom and thoughtfulness,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:21-26 Let us not suffer Christ's words to depart from us, but keep sound wisdom and discretion; then shall we walk safely in his ways. The natural life, and all that belongs to it, shall be under the protection of God's providence; the spiritual life, and all its interests, under the protection of his grace, so that we shall be kept from falling into sin or trouble.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - My son, let not them depart from thine eyes. After the description of the power of Wisdom exhibited in creating and sustaining the earth, the exhortation to keep Wisdom steadily before the eyes, and the promises of Divine protection, appropriately follow. Since Wisdom is so powerful, then, the teacher argues, she is worthy of being retained and guarded, and able to protect. Let them not depart (al-yaluzu); i.e. "let them not escape or slip aside from your mind (cf. Vulgate, ne effluant haec ab oculis ruts). They are to be as frontiers between your eyes, as a ring upon your finger. Yaluzu, from luz, "to bend aside," defiectere, a via declinare, which see in Proverbs 2:15, ought probably to be written yellezu, on the analogy of the corresponding passage in Proverbs 4:21. The LXX. renders absolutely μὴ παραῥῤύης, "do not thou pass by," from παραῥῤύω, "to flow by," "to pass by, recede" (cf. Hebrews 2:1, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to these things, lest at any time we should let them slip (μὴ ποτε παραῥῤυῶμεν)," quoted probably from the LXX. of this passage). The Targum Jonathan reads ne vilescat, "let it," i.e. wisdom, "not become worthless." Them, included in the verb yaluzu of which it is subject in the original, is to be referred either to "sound wisdom and discretion" of ver. 21b - so Gejerus, Cartwright, Geier, Umbreit, Hitzig, Zockter, Plumptre (a similar trajection occurs in Deuteronomy 32:5, and is used, as here, to give vividness to the description): or to "wisdom, understanding, knowledge," of the preceding verses - so Delitzsch and Holden. The first view in every way seems preferable, and it is no objection to it that "sound wisdom" (tushiyyah) and "discretion" (m'yimmah) are feminine, while the verb "depart" (yaluzu) is masculine (see Gesenius, *Gram.,' § 147). The Syriac reads, "Let it not become worthless (ne vile fit) in thine eyes to keep my doctrine and my counsels." Keep sound wisdom and discretion. Keep; n'zor, kal imperative of natsar, "to watch, guard." For "sound wisdom" (tushiyyah), see Proverbs 2:7. Here used for "wisdom" (kokhmah), as "discretion" (m'zimmah) for "understanding" (t'vunah), to contrast the absolute wisdom and insight of God with the corresponding attributes in man (see Zockler, in loc.). They belong to God, but are conferred on those who seek after Wisdom, and are then to be guarded as priceless treasures. The Vulgate reads, custodi legem et consilium; and the LXX., τήρησον δὲ ἐμὴν βουλὴν καὶ ἔννοιαν, "guard my counsel and thought."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes,.... Meaning not the things done by Wisdom; though it is good to contemplate his works of creation and providence, which serve to set forth the glory of Christ, and lead into adoring and admiring views of him, and to thankfulness to him; but wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, whereby these things are done, which are but so many names of Christ: we should always set him before us, keep him always in view, be ever looking to him by faith, and never suffer him to depart from our eyes; we should always have in sight his divine Person for our acceptance with God, the greatness and glory of it to encourage our faith and hope in him; we should keep in view his righteousness for our justification, and which we should ever make mention of at the throne of grace, and hold it forth in the hand of faith against all charges and accusations of law and justice, Satan, or our own hearts; we should be continually looking to his blood for peace and pardon, healing and cleansing; and our eyes should be at all times on his fulness, for fresh supplies of grace, for spiritual food, or the daily bread of our souls, and for spiritual strength and comfort; we should always consider him as the Saviour, and be exercising faith on him as such, for there is no other; and should always look upon him as the Mediator between God and man, and make use of him; and he should be ever before us as our example, both in the exercise of grace and performance of duty, to copy after; and we should always keep sight of him while running our Christian race, as the forerunner for us entered, and as the mark for the prize of the high calling of God. And not only Wisdom, or Christ, but all the things that are said of him in the context, we should never lose sight of; the exceeding great gain got by him, the superlative preciousness of him, the fulness of blessings in both his hands, the pleasantness and peaceableness of his ways, the usefulness of him as a tree of life to those that lay hold upon him and retain him, and the works of nature and providence done by him, Proverbs 3:14. Moreover, this may include all the truths and doctrines of Wisdom, or Christ; for, if the law and its precepts were to be upon the hands and as frontlets between the eyes of the Israelites, and so be ever in sight, then much more the doctrines of the Gospel, Deuteronomy 6:8. It is observable that the Septuagint here makes use of the same word the apostle does in Hebrews 2:1; speaking of Gospel truths; See Gill on Hebrews 2:1; these are meant in the next clause; and some by a transposition place them thus, "let not sound wisdom and discretion depart from thine eyes, keep" them; for by

sound wisdom is meant sound doctrine, the wholesome words of Christ, the solid and substantial truths of the Gospel. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "keep the law"; but the Syriac version, much better, "keep my doctrine", the doctrine of the Gospel; which also is meant by

discretion, or "counsel" (d), as some render the word, and as the Gospel is called, Acts 20:27; this should be kept; the doctrines of it should be held fast and not let go, or be departed from; and the ordinances of it should be observed and kept, as they were delivered, from a principle of love, and a view to the glory of Christ; the advantages arising from them follow.

(d) Sept. "consilium", Arabic version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. sound wisdom—(compare Pr 2:7).

let … eyes—that is, these words of instruction.

Proverbs 3:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
20By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew. 21My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.…
Cross References
Hebrews 2:1
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Proverbs 1:4
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--

Proverbs 4:21
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

Proverbs 5:2
that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.

Proverbs 8:14
Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

Proverbs 18:1
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Treasury of Scripture

My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

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Proverbs 3:1-3 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments…

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…

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you …

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

John 15:6,7 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; …

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

1 John 2:24,27 Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning…

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Proverbs 2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify …

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