to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.)
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.
chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint -- bond, chastening (-eth), chastisement, check, correction, discipline, doctrine, instruction, rebuke.
of a father
father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application) -- chief, (fore-)father(-less), patrimony, principal. Compare names in Abi-.
to prick up the ears, i.e. hearken -- attend, (cause to) hear(-ken), give heed, incline, mark (well), regard.
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially
understanding -- knowledge, meaning, perfectly, understanding, wisdom.
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
King James Bible
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
International Standard Version
Listen, children, to your father's instruction, and pay attention in order to gain understanding.
Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, children, the instruction of a father, and listen to knowledge and understanding.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sons, listen to [your] father's discipline, and pay attention in order to gain understanding.
King James 2000 Bible
Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
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