Proverbs 4:20
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New International Version
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

New Living Translation
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.

English Standard Version
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

New American Standard Bible
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

King James Bible
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings.

International Standard Version
My son, pay attention to my words, and listen closely to what I say.

NET Bible
My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, give ear to my words and incline your ear to my speech.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, pay attention to my words. Open your ears to what I say.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my words.

King James 2000 Bible
My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings.

American King James Version
My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

American Standard Version
My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

English Revised Version
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, attend to my words; incline thy ear to my sayings.

World English Bible
My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

Young's Literal Translation
My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearest way to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will end ill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is not said, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; never think you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteous is light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saints will not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shall shine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness. The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fall into sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble, but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, nor what will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid to shun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We must set a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doing hurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out of it are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from the Lord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuing forth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to put away a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turned from beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking by the rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord and Master. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow thee more closely for the time to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - The teacher here resumes his admonitions after thus citing the example of his father's teaching, and showing how it resembled the tenor of his own precepts, which, upon such a consideration, were most worthy of attention.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My son, attend to my words,.... Which go before and which follow after, his doctrines, instructions, cautions, and exhortations;

incline thine ear unto my sayings; stoop and bow the ear; listen attentively to what is said, as being of the greatest moment and importance.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20-22. (Compare Pr 4:10, 13; Pr 3:8, &c.).

Proverbs 4:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble. 20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:2
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

Proverbs 5:1
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
Treasury of Scripture

My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 6:20,21 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of …

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you.

Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

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