English Standard Version
he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
King James Bible
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
American Standard Version
And he taught me, and said unto me: Let thy heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live;
And he taught me, and said: Let thy heart receive my words, keep my commandments, and thou shalt live.
English Revised Version
And he taught me, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words; keep my commandments, and live:
Webster's Bible Translation
He taught me also, and said to me, Let thy heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:4 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The prosperity of the godless, far from being worthy of envy, has as its reverse side the curse:
The curse of Jahve is in the house of the godless,
And the dwelling of the just He blesseth.
מארה (a curse), like מסלּה (a highway, from סלל), is formed from ארר (cf. Arab. harr, detestari, abhorrere, a word-imitation of an interjection used in disagreeable experiences). The curse is not merely a deprivation of external goods which render life happy, and the blessing is not merely the fulness of external possessions; the central-point of the curse lies in continuous disquiet of conscience, and that of the blessing in the happy consciousness that God is with us, in soul-rest and peace which is certain of the grace and goodness of God. The poetic נוה (from נוה equals Arab. nwy, tetendit aliquo) signifies the place of settlement, and may be a word borrowed from a nomad life, since it denotes specially the pasture-ground; cf. Proverbs 24:15 (Fleischer). While the curse of God rests in the house of the wicked (vid., Khler on Zechariah 5:4), He blesses, on the contrary, the dwelling-place of the righteous. The lxx and Jerome read יברך, but יברך is more agreeable, since God continues to be the subject.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
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