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,

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

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

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

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

Good News Translation
Your insight and understanding will protect you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New American Standard 1977
Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
discretion shall preserve thee, intelligence shall keep thee

King James 2000 Bible
Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you:

American King James Version
Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you:

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
discretion shall keep thee, understanding shall preserve thee:

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

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,
Study Bible
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, 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.







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

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

and understanding
תְּבוּנָ֥ה (tə·ḇū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep
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. 2:10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?
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