New American Standard Bible
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
King James Bible
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Darby Bible Translation
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is he that retaineth her.
World English Bible
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.
Young's Literal Translation
A tree of life she is to those laying hold on her, And whoso is retaining her is happy.
Proverbs 3:18 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
This and the other references in Proverbs PRomans 11:30; Proverbs 13:12; Proverbs 15:4 are the only allusions in any book of the Old Testament, after Genesis, to the "tree" itself, or to its spiritual significance. Further, there is the tendency to a half-allegorizing application of that history. "The tree of life" which Adam was not to taste lies open to his children. Wisdom is the "tree of life," giving a true immortality. The symbol entered largely into the religious imagery. of Assyria, Egypt, and Persia. Philo, going a step further, found in the two trees the ideal representatives of speculative knowledge and moral wisdom; and the same image subserves a higher purpose in the promises and the visions of Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:2.
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'My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction: 12. For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16. Length of days is in …
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'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'
Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
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