Proverbs 2:1
New International Version
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

New Living Translation
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.

English Standard Version
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,

Berean Study Bible
My son, if you accept my words and hide my commandments within you,

New American Standard Bible
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

King James Bible
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Christian Standard Bible
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

Contemporary English Version
My child, you must follow and treasure my teachings and my instructions.

Good News Translation
My child, learn what I teach you and never forget what I tell you to do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

International Standard Version
My son, if you accept my words, and treasure my instructions —

NET Bible
My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you,

New Heart English Bible
My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, if you receive my words, and hide my commandments in your heart

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, if you take my words [to heart] and treasure my commands within you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;

New American Standard 1977
My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, if thou wilt receive my words and hide my commandments within thee

King James 2000 Bible
My son, if you will receive my words, and lay up my commandments with you;

American King James Version
My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;

American Standard Version
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My son, if thou wilt receive the utterance of my commandment, and hide it with thee;

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my commandments with thee,

Darby Bible Translation
My son, if thou receivest my words, and layest up my commandments with thee,

English Revised Version
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and lay up my commandments with thee;

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

World English Bible
My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;

Young's Literal Translation
My son, if thou dost accept my sayings, And my commands dost lay up with thee,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
1My son, if you accept my words and hide my commandments within you, 2if you incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding,…
Cross References
Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom.

Proverbs 1:3
to receive instruction in wise living, in righteousness, justice, and equity,

Proverbs 3:1
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

Proverbs 4:10
Listen, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life will be many.

Proverbs 7:1
My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you.

Treasury of Scripture

My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;

hide

Proverbs 3:1
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:20-22
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings…

Proverbs 6:21
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.







Lexicon
My son,
בְּ֭נִי (bə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you accept
תִּקַּ֣ח (tiq·qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

my words
אֲמָרָ֑י (’ă·mā·rāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 561: Something said

and hide
תִּצְפֹּ֥ן (tiṣ·pōn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6845: To hide, to hoard, reserve, to deny, to protect, to lurk

my commandments
וּ֝מִצְוֺתַ֗י (ū·miṣ·wō·ṯay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

within you,
אִתָּֽךְ׃ (’it·tāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among
II.

(c) Third Discourse:--An Exhortation to follow after Wisdom (Proverbs 2).

(1) Hide--i.e., store up. (Comp. Proverbs 2:4.)

Verses 1-22. - 3. Third admonitory discourse, pointing out the benefits which arise from a sincere, earnest, and persevering search after Wisdom. This discourse divides itself into three parts.

(1) Vers. 1-9: a statement of the conditions which, if fulfilled, result in the highest knowledge of Jehovah - the fear of Jehovah and the knowledge of God, who is the Source of wisdom and the Protection and Ensurer of safety to the righteous.

(2) Vers. 10-19: the negatively beneficial results of Wisdom, in delivery from the paths of evil, from destructive lusts and passions, from the temptations of wicked men and wicked women.

(3) Vers. 20-22: the epilogue, or conclusion, combining encouragement on the one hand, and warning on the other. Verse 1. - The teacher here reverts to the original form of his address, as appears from the employment of the term, my son. It seems clear that it is no longer Wisdom personified who is the speaker, from the fact that the words, "wisdom and understanding" in ver. 2 are used without the possessive pronoun "my," which would have been undoubtedly inserted if this address had been a continuation of the discourse in the preceding chapter. Some of the ideas of that address, however, are restated, as the crying and lifting up the voice after Wisdom, and the conclusion, wherein the respective destinies of the pious and wicked are portrayed. The particle "if" (אֵם) is conditional, and serves to introduce the series of clauses (vers. 1-4) which lay down the conditions upon which the promises depend, and which form the protasis to the double apodosis in vers. 5 and 9. De Wette, Meyer, and Delitzsch regard it as voluntative, as expressing a wish on the part of the teacher, and translate, "Oh that thou wouldst!" and אִם, "if," is used in this way in Psalm 139:19; but the LXX. (ἐάν) and Vulgate (si) make it conditional. It is repeated in an emphatic form in ver. 3. Receive. The verbs "receive" and "hide" show that the endeavour after Wisdom is to be candid and sincere. "To receive" (לָקַה) seems to be here used, like the LXX. δεχέσθαι in the sense of "to receive graciously," "to admit the words of Wisdom." It is noticeable that there is a gradation in emphasis in the various terms here used by the teacher. Just as "commandments" is stronger than "words," so "hide" is stronger than "receive." The emphasizing is carried on in the following verses in the same way, and at length culminates in ver. 4, which sums up the ardent spirit in which the search after Wisdom is to be prosecuted in presenting it to us in its strongest form. Hide. The original (צַפַן, tsaphan) is here used in a different sense to that in which it occurs in Proverbs 1:11 and 18. It here refers, as in Proverbs 7:1; Proverbs 10:14; and Proverbs 13:22, to the storing or laying up, as of treasure, in some secret repository, and means "to lay up." The Divine commands of the teacher are to be hidden in safe custody in the memory, in the understanding, in the conscience, and in the heart (cf. Proverbs 4:21; Proverbs 7:1). The psalmist expresses the same idea in Psalm 119:11, "Thy words have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee." 2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.
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