Proverbs 4:13
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

New Living Translation
Take hold of my instructions; don't let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.

English Standard Version
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

New American Standard Bible
Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.

King James Bible
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hold on to instruction; don't let go. Guard it, for it is your life.

International Standard Version
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go! Guard wisdom, because she is your life!

NET Bible
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; protect it, because it is your life.

New Heart English Bible
Take firm hold of instruction. Do not let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hold my instruction fast and do not forsake her; keep her because she is your life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cling to discipline. Do not relax your grip on it. Keep it because it is your life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take fast hold of instruction, let her not go; Keep her, for she is thy life.

New American Standard 1977
Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
            Guard her, for she is your life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take fast hold of chastening; do not let go; keep this; for it is thy life.

King James 2000 Bible
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

American King James Version
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

American Standard Version
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is thy life.

Darby Bible Translation
Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not go: keep her, for she is thy life.

English Revised Version
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

World English Bible
Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.

Young's Literal Translation
Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she is thy life.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
12When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. 13Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. 14Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.…
Cross References
John 6:63
The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

Proverbs 3:22
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

Song of Solomon 3:4
"Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother's house, And into the room of her who conceived me."
Treasury of Scripture

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

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Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

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

Revelation 2:13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

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Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not …

Songs 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom …

Luke 24:27-29 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them …

John 4:34-42 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

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Proverbs 3:22 So shall they be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.

Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and …

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency …

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have …

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