Proverbs 4:5
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New International Version
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

New Living Translation
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don't forget my words or turn away from them.

English Standard Version
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

New American Standard Bible
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

King James Bible
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Get wisdom, get understanding; don't forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.

International Standard Version
Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth!

NET Bible
Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding; do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Get wisdom and get understanding, and do not turn aside from the sayings of my mouth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding. Do not forget. Do not turn away from the words that I have spoken.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither turn away from the words of my mouth.

American King James Version
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

American Standard Version
Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Get wisdom, get prudence: forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Get wisdom, get intelligence: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

English Revised Version
Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not, neither decline from the words of my mouth:

Webster's Bible Translation
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

World English Bible
Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.
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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 5. - After the general exhortation given above, the father's instruction becomes more specific, and deals with the acquirement of wisdom. This subject seems to be continued in ver. 13, where the second and concluding branch of the instruction begins, which consists mainly of warning, as the first part does with exhortation. We are thus furnished with an example how to teach. In our teaching it is not sufficient simply to point out what is to be done, but we must show what is to be avoided. Get wisdom, get understanding. The father urges the acquirement of wisdom in the same way and with the same importunity as the trader or merchant presses his goods upon buyers. Wisdom and understanding are put forward as objects of merchandise; for the verb kanah, from which the imperative k'neh, signifies not only "to acquire for one's self," or "to possess," but especially "to buy." The verb occurs again in the same sense in ver. 7, "Get [k'neh, i.e. buy] wisdom;" and in Proverbs 23:23, "Buy (k'neh) the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding" (cf. also Proverbs 15:22: 16:16; 19:9, where we also meet with the same verb). The reiteration of the word "get," as Umbreit remarks, is "an imitation of the exclamation of a merchant who is offering his wares." The importunity of the father measures the value he sets upon wisdom as an inestimable treasure, a pearl of great price (see Proverbs 3:14). Forget it not, etc.; rather, forget not, neither turn from the words of my mouth, - so Zockler, Delitzsch, Hodg., and others; Vulgate, ne obliviscaris, neque declines a verbis oris mei. There is no need to supply "it" after the verb al-tish'-kakh, "forget not," as Holden states, and as appears in the Authorized Version, since shakakh is found with min (מִן), "of" or "from," in Psalm 12:4 (5), "I forgot to eat (shakakh'ti meakol)," and the same construction may obtain here. The two verbs, "forget" and "decline from," are not so very wide in meaning, since the former, shakakh, is to "leave" something from forgetfulness, and the latter, natah, rendered here "decline from," is "to turn away" from something. The words of my mouth represent as it were the means by which wisdom may be purchased.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Get wisdom, get understanding,.... Not only moral and political wisdom and understanding, but that which is spiritual and evangelical; Christ, and the knowledge of him; he being the only happy man that has an interest in him, and is possessed of him by faith, which is the meaning of getting him; See Gill on Proverbs 3:13; by which it appears, that what Solomon had before delivered, and afterwards repeats and urges, was the same his father David, that wise, great, and good man, taught him; and which he mentions, the more to recommend the getting of wisdom and understanding to others;

forget it not; when gotten, keep it in remembrance; be continually meditating on Wisdom, or Christ, his glories and excellencies; the fulness of grace and truth in him; the blessings of goodness which come by him; the great use and profit of having and enjoying him;

neither decline from the words of my mouth; the above instructions, and all others he gave unto him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Get—as a possession not to be given up.

neither decline—that is, from obeying my word.

Proverbs 4:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
4Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; 5Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:1
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

Proverbs 4:7
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
Treasury of Scripture

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

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Proverbs 1:22,23 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

Proverbs 2:2-4 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding…

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding …

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing …

Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles …

Proverbs 19:8 He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding …

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

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

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2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

Job 23:11 My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

Psalm 44:18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from your way;

Psalm 119:51,157 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined …

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