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

New Living Translation
Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,

English Standard Version
Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.

New American Standard Bible
Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.

King James Bible
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't lose sight of them; keep them within your heart.

International Standard Version
Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart.

NET Bible
Do not let them depart from your sight, guard them within your heart;

New Heart English Bible
Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not let them depart before your eyes but keep them within your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not lose sight of these things. Keep them deep within your heart

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart.

New American Standard 1977
Do not let them depart from your sight;
            Keep them in the midst of your heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.

American King James Version
Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the middle of your heart.

American Standard Version
Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thy heart:

Darby Bible Translation
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart.

English Revised Version
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them not depart from thy eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart.

World English Bible
Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
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. 22For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

Proverbs 7:1
My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.

Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
Treasury of Scripture

Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the middle of your heart.

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Proverbs 3:3,21 Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write …

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Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Verse 21. - Let them not depart from thine eyes; i.e. keep them constantly in view as the guide of the whole conduct. These words are a repetition of Proverbs 3:21, just as the latter part of the verse reproduces the thought of Proverbs 2:1. Depart. The hiph. yallizu is here used instead of the kal yaluzu of Proverbs 3:21, but has the same force. In the midst of thine heart; i.e. in its inmost recesses; there the words and sayings are to be guarded as a man guards a treasure stowed away in the inmost chambers of a house. The expression implies cherishing them with an internal affection. The terms of the verse may be illustrated by Deuteronomy 6:6, 8, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontiers between thine eyes." Let them not depart from thine eyes,.... Commit them to writing, frequently read them over; let them be always in sight, as a rule and directory to steer the course of life by. Some understand this of the wicked, as if the sense was, let not them, the wicked, cause them to depart from thine eyes; nor thee to neglect them, by their bad advice, solicitations to sin, and ill examples; See Gill on Proverbs 3:21;

keep them in the midst of thine heart; lay them up there, and ponder them; often meditate upon them, and do not forget them; show the most affectionate regard unto them, and look upon them as a most inestimable treasure, for which no place is so fit a repository as the heart. 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.
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