Proverbs 19:8
New International Version
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

New Living Translation
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.

English Standard Version
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

Berean Study Bible
He who acquires wisdom loves himself; one who safeguards understanding will find success.

New American Standard Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

King James Bible
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who acquires good sense loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success.

Contemporary English Version
Do yourself a favor by having good sense--you will be glad you did.

Good News Translation
Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who acquires good sense loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success.

International Standard Version
Whoever obtains wisdom loves himself, and whoever treasures understanding will prosper.

NET Bible
The one who acquires wisdom loves himself; the one who preserves understanding will prosper.

New Heart English Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that gets wisdom loves his soul; he that keeps the faith finds good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who gains sense loves himself. One who guards understanding finds something good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; He that keepeth understanding shall find good.

New American Standard 1977
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul; he keeps intelligence that he might find that which is good.

King James 2000 Bible
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

American King James Version
He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

American Standard Version
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that procures wisdom loves himself; and he that keeps wisdom shall find good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that possesseth a mind, loveth his own soul, and he that keepeth prudence shall find good things.

Darby Bible Translation
He that getteth sense loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

English Revised Version
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

World English Bible
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is getting heart is loving his soul, He is keeping understanding to find good.
Study Bible
The Man of Integrity
7All the brothers of a poor man hate him—how much more do his friends avoid him! He may pursue them with pleading, but they are nowhere to be found. 8He who acquires wisdom loves himself; one who safeguards understanding will find success. 9A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who pours out lies will perish.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:20
Whoever heeds instruction will find success, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who pours out lies will perish.

Treasury of Scripture

He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.

wisdom

Proverbs 17:16
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Ezekiel 36:26
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

loveth

Proverbs 8:35,36
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD…

John 12:25
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

1 Peter 3:10
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

he that keepeth

Proverbs 2:1-9
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; …

Proverbs 3:18,21
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her…

Proverbs 4:4,6,21
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live…







Lexicon
He who acquires
קֹֽנֶה־ (qō·neh-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

wisdom
לֵּ֭ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

loves
אֹהֵ֣ב (’ō·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

himself;
נַפְשׁ֑וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

one who safeguards
שֹׁמֵ֥ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

understanding
תְּ֝בוּנָ֗ה (tə·ḇū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

will find
לִמְצֹא־ (lim·ṣō-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

success.
טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
(8) He that getteth wisdom.--Literally, heart. For that "wisdom," or "knowledge," that begins with the "fear of the Lord" (see above on Proverbs 1:7), and ends with loving Him, is not a matter of intellect only, but of the heart also--i.e., the will and affections.

Verse 8. - He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul. "Wisdom" is, in the Hebrew, leb. "heart;" it is a matter, not of intellect only. but of will and affections (see on Proverbs 15:32). Septuagint, ἀγαπᾷ ἑαυτόν, "loveth himself." The contrary, "hateth his own soul," occurs in Proverbs 29:24. By striving to obtain wisdom a man shows that he has regard for the welfare of his soul and body. Hence St. Thomas Aquinas ('Sum. Theol.,' 1:2, qu. 25, art. 7, quoted by Corn. a Lapide) takes occasion to demonstrate that only good men are really lovers of themselves, while evil men are practically self-haters, proving his position by a reference to Arislotle's numeration of the characteristics of friendship, which the former exhibit, and none of which the latter can possess ('Eth. Nic.,' 9:4). He that keepeth understanding shall find good (Proverbs 16:20). A man must not only strive hard and use all available means to get wisdom and prudence, he must guard them like a precious treasure, not lose them for want of care or let them lie useless; and then he will find that they bring with themselves innumerable benefits. 19:3. Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God. 4. Here we may see how strong is men's love of money. 5. Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness. 6. We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty. 7. Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty. 8. Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom. 9. Lying is a damning, destroying sin. 10. A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.
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