Proverbs 2:11
New International Version
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

New Living Translation
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.

English Standard Version
discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,

Berean Study Bible
Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you,

King James Bible
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

New King James Version
Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,

New American Standard Bible
Discretion will watch over you, Understanding will guard you,

NASB 1995
Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

NASB 1977
Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

Amplified Bible
Discretion will watch over you, Understanding and discernment will guard you,

Christian Standard Bible
Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you,

American Standard Version
Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A good mind will keep you and the intelligence of the good will deliver you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
good counsel shall guard thee, and holy understanding shall keep thee;

Contemporary English Version
Sound judgment and good sense will watch over you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee,

English Revised Version
Discretion shall watch over thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Good News Translation
Your insight and understanding will protect you

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Foresight will protect you. Understanding will guard you.

International Standard Version
Discretion will protect you; understanding will watch over you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Discretion shall watch over thee, Discernment shall guard thee;

Literal Standard Version
Thoughtfulness watches over you, Understanding keeps you,

NET Bible
Discretion will protect you, understanding will guard you,

New Heart English Bible
Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,

World English Bible
Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,

Young's Literal Translation
Thoughtfulness doth watch over thee, Understanding doth keep thee,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will delight your soul. 11Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you, 12to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perversity,…

Cross References
Proverbs 1:4
To impart prudence to the simple and knowledge and discretion to the young,

Proverbs 4:6
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you.

Proverbs 6:22
When you walk, they will guide you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.


Treasury of Scripture

Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you:

Proverbs 4:6
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Proverbs 6:22-24
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee…

Psalm 25:21
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.









Verse 11. - Discretion shall preserve thee. Discretion (מְזַמָּת m'zimoth), as in Proverbs 1:4, is the outward manifestation of wisdom; it tests what is uncertain, and avoids danger (Hitzig). The word carries with it the idea of reflection or consideration (see Proverbs 3:21; Proverbs 5:2; Proverbs 8:12) The LXX. reads, βουλὴ καλή, "good counsel;" and the Vulgate, concilium. Shall preserve thee. The idea of protection and guarding, which is predicated of Jehovah in ver. 8, is here transferred to discretion and understanding, which to some extent are put forward as personifications. Understanding (תְבוּנָה, t'vunah), as in Proverbs 2:11; the power of distinguishing and separating, and, in the case of conflicting interests, to decide on the best. Shall keep; i.e. keep safe, or in the sense of watching over or guarding. The two verbs "to preserve" (שָׁמַר shamar) and "to keep" (נָצַר, natsar), LXX. τήρειν, occur together again in Proverbs 4:6.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Discretion
מְ֭זִמָּה (mə·zim·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4209: A plan, evil, sometimes good

will watch over you,
תִּשְׁמֹ֥ר (tiš·mōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

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

will guard you,
תִנְצְרֶֽכָּה׃ (ṯin·ṣə·rek·kāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5341: To watch, guard, keep


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