New International Version
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--
King James Bible
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Darby Bible Translation
so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom [and] thou apply thy heart to understanding;
World English Bible
So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
Young's Literal Translation
To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,
Proverbs 2:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My son - Here the tutor still continues to instruct his disciple.
Hide my commandments with theel Treasure them up in thy heart, and then act from them through the medium of thy affections. He who has the rule of his duty only in his Bible and in his head, is not likely to be a steady, consistent character; his heart is not engaged, and his obedience, in any case, can be only forced, or done from a sense of duty: it is not the obedience of a loving, dutiful child, to an affectionate father. But he who has the word of God in his heart, works from his heart; his heart goes with him in all things, and he delights to do the will of his heavenly Father, because his law is in his heart. See Proverbs 3:3.
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PROVERBS ii. 2, 3, 5. If thou incline thine ear to wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after wisdom, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. We shall see something curious in the last of these verses, when we compare it with one in the chapter before. The chapter before says, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That if we wish to be wise at all, we must BEGIN by …
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God
Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
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