Proverbs 4:8
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New International Version
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

New Living Translation
If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.

English Standard Version
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

New American Standard Bible
"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

King James Bible
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.

International Standard Version
Prize her and she will exalt you. Indeed, if you embrace her, she will honor you.

NET Bible
Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Love her that she may exalt you and embrace her that she may honor you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cherish wisdom. It will raise you up. It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Grow in wisdom, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou hast embraced her.

King James 2000 Bible
Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

American King James Version
Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

American Standard Version
Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her.

Darby Bible Translation
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

English Revised Version
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Webster's Bible Translation
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

World English Bible
Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

Young's Literal Translation
Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.
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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 8 - Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. The father here proceeds to point out some of the benefits which follow from the pursuit of Wisdom. Exalt her (sal's'leah); Vulgate, arripe illam; LXX., περιχαράκωσον αὐτὴν; Targum, dilige eam; Syriac, blandire illi; Arabic, circumsepi eam. The Hebrew, sal's'leah, is the pilpel imperative of salal, "to lift up, exalt." It is equivalent to the kal form. The pilpel form only occurs here, but the kal participle is met with in Proverbs 15:19, where it has the meaning of "to raise up as a causeway" (see marginal reading in loc.). Gesenius renders, "exalt her," sc. with praises. The meaning of the verb, as Delitzsch says, is to be determined, by the corresponding "she shall promote thee" (th'rom'mek), and this verb romem is

(1) to raise or make high;

(2) to exalt by bestowing honours upon one of low estate, i.e. raising them in general estimation; it is so used in 1 Samuel 2:7 by Hannah, in her song of thankfulness, "He (Jehovah) bringeth low and lifteth up (m'romem);"

(3) to extol by praises, as in Psalm 30:2. The radical meaning of salal seems to be "to heap up," as a road is prepared by embankments, and by the filling up of inequalities (cf. Isaiah 62:10). In this sense the passage before us is explained by Levi ben Gersom, "Prepare the way of Wisdom, and walk assiduously in it." But the context, wherein the idea of buying is evidently used. favours Bottcher's interpretation, "Hold it or her high in price, bid high for her as a purchaser who makes offer upon offer, to secure what he wants." So Pi, in pretio habe. The LXX. rendering, "Circumvallate her, enclose her with a wall or hedge," which is reproduced in the Arabic, circumsepi eam, "hedge her around," seems out of place with the context. The Talmudists understand the verb as signifying "to examine closely," "to scrutinize, meditate, or reflect" upon Wisdom constantly, just as the Roman, poet says, "Nocturna versate manu, versate diurna" - "We exalt Wisdom when we follow her precepts," i.e. when we esteem her - the idea which is presented to us in the Targum and Syriac cited above. The sentiment of the verse agrees with what Jehovah says in the message of the man of God to Eli, in 1 Samuel 2:30, "Them that honour me I will honour." She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. The LXX. reverses the order of ideas, "Honour her in order that she may embrace thee." Embrace her; i.e. in a loving and affectionate manner, as a husband does his wife, or a son his mother. (For the verb khavak, see Proverbs 5:20: Song of Solomon 2:6; Song of Solomon 8:3.) There are only three other instances where this verb occurs in the pilel form, khibbek. Esteem and honour, the confidence of others, elevation to offices of trust and consequence, are some of the rewards with which Wisdom repays those who esteem and love her. Others follow in the next verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee,.... Christ is to be exalted in his person, by asserting his proper deity; by ascribing all divine perfections to him; by allowing him to be the author of all divine works; by giving him divine worship and homage; by owning his divine and eternal sonship, and distinct personality: he is to be exalted in all his offices of Prophet, Priest, and King, and as the only Redeemer and Saviour; by trusting in him, embracing his Gospel, and submitting to his ordinances, and such that exalt him, he will "promote" them here and hereafter; of which more in the next clause. According to the Talmudists (u), the word for "exalt" signifies a diligent search, by turning things about to find out what is sought; and so the Septuagint interpret the word in the sense of "searching", Jeremiah 50:26;

she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her: by faith: for this is an act of faith, and a very considerable one, and is expressive of great nearness to Christ, of much intimacy and familiarity with him, of strong love and affection to him, of a good degree of boldness used with him, and of joy and exaltation in him; for such an action is used by persons near akin, and are very familiar with, and have a very great affection for one another, and use much freedom with each other, and rejoice at meeting together. Now such who embrace Christ, in the arms of their faith, as their alone Saviour, such he promotes and "brings to honour"; not to honour among men, for to embrace Christ and exalt him is the way to disgrace, though the disgrace is an honour, and will be before long rolled off; but to honour hereafter. Such will be set at his right hand, and be owned by him before his Father and his angels; and they will be placed on the same throne with him, and will reign with him for ever and ever; see 1 Samuel 2:30.

(u) T. Bab. Roshhashanah, fol. 26. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. As you highly esteem her, she will raise you to honor.

embrace her—with fond affection.

Proverbs 4:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen to a Father's Instruction
7"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. 8"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. 9"She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:30
"Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.

Song of Solomon 2:6
His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.
Treasury of Scripture

Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

1 Kings 3:5-13 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God …

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament…

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