Proverbs 27:23
New International Version
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;

New Living Translation
Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,

English Standard Version
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

Berean Study Bible
Be sure to know the state of your flocks, and pay close attention to your herds;

New American Standard Bible
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;

King James Bible
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

Christian Standard Bible
Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds,

Contemporary English Version
You should take good care of your sheep and goats,

Good News Translation
Look after your sheep and cattle as carefully as you can,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds,

International Standard Version
Keep well informed of the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds,

NET Bible
Pay careful attention to the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds,

New Heart English Bible
Know well the state of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whenever you shepherd, know the faces of your sheep, and set your heart upon your flock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be fully aware of the condition of your flock, and pay close attention to your herds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds;

New American Standard 1977
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be thou diligent to know the countenance of thy sheep, and put thy heart into thy herds.

King James 2000 Bible
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.

American King James Version
Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.

American Standard Version
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, And look well to thy herds:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Do thou thoroughly know the number of thy flock, and pay attention to thine herds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be diligent to know the countenance of thy cattle, and consider thy own flocks :

Darby Bible Translation
Be well acquainted with the appearance of thy flocks; look well to thy herds:

English Revised Version
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

World English Bible
Know well the state of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds:

Young's Literal Translation
Know well the face of thy flock, Set thy heart to the droves,
Study Bible
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
22Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. 23Be sure to know the state of your flocks, and pay close attention to your herds; 24for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to every generation.…
Cross References
John 10:3
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Proverbs 24:27
Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; after that, you can build your house.

Jeremiah 31:10
Hear, O nations, the word of the LORD, and proclaim it in distant coastlands, saying: "The One who scattered Israel will gather them and keep them as a shepherd guards his flock.

Ezekiel 34:12
As a shepherd looks for his scattered sheep when he is among the flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

Treasury of Scripture

Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.

diligent

Genesis 31:38-40
This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten…

Genesis 33:13
And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

1 Samuel 17:28
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

look well or set thy heart

Proverbs 24:32
Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

Exodus 7:23
And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.

Deuteronomy 32:46
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.







Lexicon
Be sure to know
יָדֹ֣עַ (yā·ḏō·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

the state
פְּנֵ֣י (pə·nê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

of your flocks,
צֹאנֶ֑ךָ (ṣō·ne·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and pay close attention
שִׁ֥ית (šîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

to your herds;
לַעֲדָרִֽים׃ (la·‘ă·ḏā·rîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5739: An arrangement, muster
(23) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy herds. . . .--In the last five verses of this chapter the peace and security of the pastoral life are described as being far superior to the uncertainty attending other sources of wealth and the regal power. For the spiritual sense of this passage comp. 1Peter 5:2-4

Verses 23-27. - A mashal ode in praise of a pastoral and agricultural life. The moralist evidently desires to recall his countrymen from the luxury of cities and the temptations of money making to the simple ways of the patriarchs and the pleasures of country pursuits - which are the best foundation of enduring prosperity. Verse 23. - Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks. "State;" פָנִים (panim); vultum, Vulgate; the face, look, appearance. The LXX. has ψυχάς, which may perhaps mean "the number" - a necessary precaution when the sheep wandered on the downs and mountains, and had to be collected in the evening and folded. These precepts are naturally applied to all rulers, and especially to Christian pastors who have the oversight of the flock of Christ (1 Peter 5:2-4). Ecclus. 7:22, "Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them; and if they he for thy profit, keep them with thee." 27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
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