Proverbs 23:19
New International Version
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

New Living Translation
My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.

English Standard Version
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

Berean Study Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right course.

King James Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

New King James Version
Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.

New American Standard Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

NASB 1995
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

NASB 1977
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

Amplified Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way [of the LORD].

Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course.

American Standard Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, my son, and be wise, and set up my doctrine in your heart.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hear, my son, and be wise, and rightly direct the thoughts of thine heart.

Contemporary English Version
Listen to me, my children! Be wise and have enough sense to follow the right path.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise: and guide thy mind in the way.

English Revised Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Good News Translation
Listen, my child, be wise and give serious thought to the way you live.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, listen, be wise, and keep your mind going in the right direction.

International Standard Version
Listen, my son, and be wise, commit yourself to live God's way.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.

Literal Standard Version
Hear, my son, and be wise, And make your heart blessed in the way,

NET Bible
Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way.

New Heart English Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.

World English Bible
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path!

Young's Literal Translation
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And make happy in the way thy heart,

Additional Translations ...
Context
True Riches
18For surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 19Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right course. 20Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen, and so that they do not slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren.

Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.

Proverbs 6:6
Walk in the manner of the ant, O slacker; observe its ways and become wise.

Proverbs 9:6
Leave your folly behind, and you will live; walk in the way of understanding."


Treasury of Scripture

Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

and guide

Proverbs 23:12,26
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge…

Proverbs 4:10-23
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many…

in the way or 'in the right way'









(19) Hear thou, my son, whatever others may do. (Comp. above, on Proverbs 22:19.)

Guide thine heart in the way.--That is, of God. (Comp. Isaiah 40:3, and note on Acts 9:2.)

Verses 19-21. - An exhortation to temperance, as one of the results of the fear of God, prefaced by an exhortation to wisdom. Verse 19. - Hear thou. The pronoun gives force and personality to the injunction (Job 33:33). Guide thine heart in the way. (For אשׁר, "to guide straight," see on Proverbs 4:14) "The way" is the right way, in distinction to the many wrong paths of life - the way of understanding, as it is called (Proverbs 9:6). Septuagint, "Direct aright the thoughts of thy heart," for right thoughts lead to right actions.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Listen,
שְׁמַע־ (šə·ma‘-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

my son,
בְנִ֣י (ḇə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1121: A son

and be wise,
וַחֲכָ֑ם (wa·ḥă·ḵām)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 2449: To be wise

and guide
וְאַשֵּׁ֖ר (wə·’aš·šêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 833: To be straight, to go forward, be honest, proper

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

on the right course.
בַּדֶּ֣רֶךְ (bad·de·reḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action


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