Proverbs 4:13
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English Standard Version
Keep 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Referring to Proverbs 4:5, the father further explains that wisdom begins with the striving after it, and that this striving is itself its fundamental beginning:

7 The beginning of wisdom is "Get wisdom,"

   And with [um, at the price of] all thou hast gotten get understanding,

8 Esteem her, so shall she lift thee up;

   She will bring thee honour if thou dost embrace her.

9 She will put on thine head a graceful garland,

   She will bestow upon thee a glorious diadem.

In the motto of the book, Proverbs 1:7, the author would say that the fear of Jahve is that from which all wisdom takes its origin. יראת יהוה (Proverbs 1:7) is the subject, and as such it stands foremost. Here he means to say what the beginning of wisdom consists in. ראשׁית חכמה is the subject, and stands forth as such. The predicate may also be read קנה־חכמה ( equals קנות), after Proverbs 16:16. The beginning of wisdom is (consists in) the getting of wisdom; but the imperative קנה, which also Aq., Sym., Theod. (κτῆσαι), Jerome, Syr., Targ. express (the lxx leaves Proverbs 4:7 untranslated), is supported by 7b. Hitzig, after Mercier, De Dieu, and Dderlein, translates the verse thus: "the highest thing is wisdom; get wisdom," which Zckler approves of; but the reasons which determine him to this rendering are subtleties: if the author had wished himself to be so understood, he ought at least to have written the words ראשׁית החכמה. But ראשׁית חכמה is a genitive of relation, as is to be expected from the relativity of the idea ראשׁית, and his intention is to say that the beginning of wisdom consists in the proposition קנה חכמה (cf. the similar formula, Ecclesiastes 12:13); this proposition is truly the lapis philosophorum, it contains all that is necessary in order to becoming wise. Therefore the Greek σοφία called itself modestly φιλοσοφία; for ἀρχὴ σὐτῆς the Book of Wisdom has, Proverbs 6:18, ἡ ἀληθεστάτη παιδείας ἐπιθυμία. In 7b the proposition is expressed which contains the specificum helping to wisdom. The בּ denotes price: give all for wisdom (Matthew 13:46, Matthew 13:44); no price is too high, no sacrifice too great for it.

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Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.

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, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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

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 we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Revelation 2:13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: and you hold fast my name, and have not denied my faith...

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.


Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.

Songs 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loves: I held him, and would not let him go...

Luke 24:27-29 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself...

John 4:34-42 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work...


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 through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land...

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.

Cross References
John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Proverbs 3:22
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

Song of Solomon 3:4
Scarcely had I passed them when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.

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