Proverbs 23:26
New International Version
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

New Living Translation
O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

English Standard Version
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Berean Study Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways.

New American Standard Bible
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

King James Bible
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Christian Standard Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Contemporary English Version
My son, pay close attention, and gladly follow my example.

Good News Translation
Pay close attention, son, and let my life be your example.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

International Standard Version
Give me your heart, my son, and keep your eyes fixed on my ways,

NET Bible
Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes observe my ways;

New Heart English Bible
My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Give me your heart my son, and your eyes will keep my ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, give me your heart. Let your eyes find happiness in my ways.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, give me thy heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways.

New American Standard 1977
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

King James 2000 Bible
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

American King James Version
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

American Standard Version
My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, give me thy heart: and let thy eyes keep my ways.

Darby Bible Translation
My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

English Revised Version
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, give me thy heart, and let thy eyes observe my ways.

World English Bible
My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.

Young's Literal Translation
Give, my son, thy heart to me, And let thine eyes watch my ways.
Study Bible
True Riches
25May your father and mother be glad, and may she who gave you birth rejoice! 26My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways. 27For a prostitute is a deep pit, and an adulteress is a narrow well.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 119:24
Your testimonies are indeed my delight; they are my counselors.

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

Proverbs 4:4
he taught me and said, "Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commandments and you will live.

Treasury of Scripture

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

my son

Proverbs 23:15
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

give

Proverbs 4:23
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Deuteronomy 6:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Matthew 10:37,38
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me…

let

Proverbs 4:25-27
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee…

Psalm 107:43
Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Psalm 119:2,9-11
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart…







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

give
תְּנָֽה־ (tə·nāh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

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

and let your eyes
וְ֝עֵינֶ֗יךָ (wə·‘ê·ne·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - cdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

delight
תִּצֹּֽרְנָה׃‪‬ (tiṣ·ṣō·rə·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7521: To be pleased with, to satisfy a, debt

in my ways.
דְּרָכַ֥י (də·rā·ḵay)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action
(26) My son, give me thine heart.--For that is the one gift alone worthy of acceptance which man can offer to God, and the only one which God will accept; an offering which man endeavours to keep for himself, substituting for it alms, unreal prayers, outward observances of religion, and obedience in matters of little moment. (Comp. Matthew 22:37.)

Verses 26-28. - A hexastich, in which Wisdom herself is the speaker, and warns against unchastity. Verse 26. - Give me thine heart. Do not waste thy powers and affections on evil objects, but set thy soul with all its best faculties on me, Wisdom, who alone can satisfy its desires and aspirations. There is an eloquent passage in a tract that has gone by St. Bernard's name, though not written by him ('Epist. de Reg. Vitae Spirit.,' 2:1604, Mab.), which is worth quoting: "Cor nostrum nihil dignius perficere potest, quam ut ei se restituat a quo factum est: et hoc a nobis Dominus expetit dicens, 'Fili, da mihi cor tuum.' Tunc siquidem cor hominum Deo datur, quando omnia cogitatio terminatur in eum, gyrat et circumflectitur super eum, et nihil vult possidere praeter eum. Sicque colligato sibi animo, eum diligit, ut sine ipso amarus sit omnis amor. Nec aliud dixerim cor Domino dare, quam ipsum captivare in omni obsequium ejus, et ita voluntati ejus ex toto supponere, ut nihil aliud velit, quam quod noverit eum velle." Let thine eyes observe my ways; keep closely to the paths of virtue which I teach thee, especially the path of purity, as the next verse shows. Vulgate, Vias meas custodiant; Septuagint, Ἐμὰς ὁδοὺς πήρειτωσαν. This is the reading of the Keri, תִּלֺצרְנָה; the Khetib, which Delitzsch and others prefer, reads תִּרְצֶנָה, "delight in" my ways. 23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.
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