Proverbs 4:10
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New International Version
Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

New Living Translation
My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.

English Standard Version
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.

New American Standard Bible
Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.

King James Bible
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my son. Accept my words, and you will live many years.

International Standard Version
Listen, my son: accept my words, and you'll live a long, long time.

NET Bible
Listen, my child, and accept my words, so that the years of your life will be many.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, listen and accept my words, and they will multiply the years of your life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, O my son, and receive my words, and the years of thy life shall be multiplied.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.

American King James Version
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.

American Standard Version
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of thy life shall be many.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O my son, and receive my words, that years of life may be multiplied to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of thy life shall be multiplied.

English Revised Version
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

World English Bible
Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.

Young's Literal Translation
Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life are multiplied to thee.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Many commentators, e.g. Jerome, Bede, Ewald, Bertheau, and Hitzig, suppose that the father's instruction closes in the preceding verse, but it seems more appropriate to consider the father as here passing to another branch of his instruction, which is to point out the way of wisdom, and so to prepare for his warnings which follow from ver. 14 to ver. 19. Receive; kakh, from lakah, "to receive" (on the force of this verb, see ch. 1:3). He who shows a delighter willingness in admitting the words of Wisdom - for such a character the father claims for his teaching, as we see from, the next verse - shall receive a blessing. It is a sign of grace when any even show themselves open to listen to instruction; but it is a greater sign when this instruction is received with readiness and pleasure (Muffet). The years of thy life (sh'noth khayyim); literally, years of thy lives. The plural "lives" expresses the idea of life in the abstract. There is no absolute statement of a future life here, though by the Christian this idea may be indulged in on the ground of a fuller revelation. The promise is one that not only implies the prolongation of life, but also a life of prosperity and enjoyment. Shall be many; literally, shall be multiplied.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings,.... Some think David is still speaking to his son Solomon, or Solomon continues relating what his father said to him; though I rather think these are Solomon's words to his son, to everyone of his children that came to him for instruction, or he took upon him to teach; whom he advises to listen to what he had further to say, and to embrace, and not reject, his doctrines;

and the years of thy life shall be many; see Proverbs 3:1; long life here, and length of days for ever and ever, or eternal life hereafter; which must be a very forcible argument to engage attention to his sayings.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. (Compare Pr 2:1; 3:2).

Proverbs 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
9"She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty." 10Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. 11I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 11:21
so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Proverbs 2:1
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

Proverbs 3:2
for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.

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Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Job 22:22 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

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