Proverbs 23:12
New International Version
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

New Living Translation
Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.

English Standard Version
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

King James Bible
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

New King James Version
Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
Apply your heart to discipline, And your ears to words of knowledge.

NASB 1995
Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.

NASB 1977
Apply your heart to discipline, And your ears to words of knowledge.

Amplified Bible
Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.

Christian Standard Bible
Apply yourself to discipline and listen to words of knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Apply yourself to discipline and listen to words of knowledge.

American Standard Version
Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bring your heart to instruction and your ear to the speech of knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Apply thine heart to instruction, and prepare thine ears for words of discretion.

Contemporary English Version
Listen to instruction and do your best to learn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thy heart apply itself to instruction: and thy ears to words of knowledge.

English Revised Version
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Good News Translation
Pay attention to your teacher and learn all you can.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Live a more disciplined life, and listen carefully to words of knowledge.

International Standard Version
Learn diligently, and listen to words of knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Literal Standard Version
Bring your heart to instruction, And your ear to sayings of knowledge.

NET Bible
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

World English Bible
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
Bring in to instruction thy heart, And thine ear to sayings of knowledge.

Additional Translations ...
Context
True Riches
11for their Redeemer is strong; He will take up their case against you. 12Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. 13Do not withhold discipline from a child; although you strike him with a rod, he will not die.…

Cross References
Proverbs 23:11
for their Redeemer is strong; He will take up their case against you.

Proverbs 23:13
Do not withhold discipline from a child; although you strike him with a rod, he will not die.


Treasury of Scripture

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:19
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Proverbs 2:2-6
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; …

Proverbs 5:1,2
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: …









Verse 12 commences a new series of proverbs of wisdom. This general admonition is addressed to all, tutor and disciple, educator and educated. Apply thine heart unto instruction. (For musar, "instruction," see note on Proverbs 1:2.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Apply
הָבִ֣יאָה (hā·ḇî·’āh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

your heart
לִבֶּ֑ךָ (lib·be·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

to instruction
לַמּוּסָ֣ר (lam·mū·sār)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

and your ears
וְ֝אָזְנֶ֗ךָ (wə·’ā·zə·ne·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's 241: Broadness, the ear

to words
לְאִמְרֵי־ (lə·’im·rê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 561: Something said

of knowledge.
דָֽעַת׃ (ḏā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge


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