Proverbs 3:3
New International Version
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

New Living Translation
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

English Standard Version
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Berean Study Bible
Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

New American Standard Bible
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

King James Bible
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Christian Standard Bible
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Contemporary English Version
Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind.

Good News Translation
Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

International Standard Version
Do not let gracious love and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

NET Bible
Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

New Heart English Bible
Do not let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let not peace, favor and truth forsake you; bind them on your neck and write them upon the tablet of your heart

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let mercy and truth leave you. Fasten them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee; Bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thy heart;

New American Standard 1977
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the tablet of thine heart:

King James 2000 Bible
Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart:

American King James Version
Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them on the table of your heart:

American Standard Version
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; but bind them about thy neck:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not mercy and truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart:

Darby Bible Translation
Let not loving-kindness and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thy heart:

English Revised Version
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart:

World English Bible
Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,
Study Bible
Trust in the LORD
2for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life. 3Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 3:3
It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Deuteronomy 6:8
Tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Deuteronomy 11:18
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds, tie them as a sign on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

2 Samuel 15:20
In fact, you arrived only yesterday; should I make you wander around with us today while I do not know where I am going? Go back and take your brothers with you. May the LORD show you loving devotion and faithfulness."

Psalm 85:10
Loving devotion and truth have joined together; righteousness and peace have kissed.

Proverbs 1:9
For they are a garland of grace on your head, and a pendant around your neck.

Proverbs 6:21
Bind them always upon your heart; tie them around your neck.

Proverbs 7:3
Tie them to your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and truth.

Jeremiah 17:1
The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus, engraved with a diamond point on the tablet of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.

Treasury of Scripture

Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them on the table of your heart:

mercy

Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Proverbs 20:28
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

2 Samuel 15:20
Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

bind

Proverbs 6:21
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 7:3
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Exodus 13:9
And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

write

Jeremiah 17:1
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Hebrews 10:16
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;







Lexicon
Never
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

let loving devotion
חֶ֥סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

or faithfulness
וֶאֱמֶ֗ת (we·’ĕ·meṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

leave you;
יַעַ֫זְבֻ֥ךָ (ya·‘az·ḇu·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

bind
קָשְׁרֵ֥ם (qā·šə·rêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7194: To tie, gird, confine, compact, in love, league

them
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

around your neck,
גַּרְגְּרוֹתֶ֑יךָ (gar·gə·rō·w·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1621: The throat

write
כָּ֝תְבֵ֗ם (kā·ṯə·ḇêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

them on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the tablet
ל֥וּחַ (lū·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3871: To glisten, a tablet, of stone, wood, metal

of your heart.
לִבֶּֽךָ׃ (lib·be·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(3) Mercy.--Or rather, love, shown by God to man (Exodus 34:7), by man to God (Jeremiah 2:2), and to his fellow man (Genesis 21:23); "truth," or rather, faithfulness, especially in keeping promises, is similarly used both of God (Psalm 30:10) and man (Isaiah 59:14). The two are often joined, as in this place. They are the two special attributes by which God is known in His dealings with men (Exodus 34:6-7), and as such must be imitated by man (Matthew 5:48).

Bind them about thy neck . . .--These directions resemble the figurative orders with regard to the keeping of the Law in Exodus 13:9 and Deuteronomy 6:8, the literal interpretation of which led to the use of prayer-fillets and phylacteries among the Jews. Certain texts of Scripture were copied out, enclosed in a leather case, and tied at the time of prayer on the left arm and forehead.

Table.--Rather, tablet (Luke 1:63; comp. Jeremiah 31:33).

Verse 3. - Mercy and truth (khesed vermeth); properly, love and truth; Vulgate, misericordia et veritas; LXX., ἐλεημοσύναι καὶ πίστεις. With this verse begin the commandments which are alluded to in ver. 1. The Hebrew khesed has to be understood in its widest sense, though the Vulgate and the LXX. confine it to one aspect of its meaning, viz. that which refers to the relation of man to man, to the pity evoked by the sight of another's misfortunes, and to ahnsgiving. The radical meaning of the word is "ardent desire," from the root khasad, "to eagerly or ardently desire." Delitzsch describes it as "well affectedness." Predicated of God, it indicates God's love and grace towards man; predicated of man, it signifies man's love toward s God, i.e. piety, or man's love towards his neighbour, i.e. humanity. Where this mercy or love is exhibited in man it finds expression in

(1) mutual outward help;

(2) forgiveness of offences;

(3) sympathy of feeling, which leads to interchange of thought, and so to the development of the spiritual life (see Elster, in loc.).

The word carries with it the ideas of kindlim as, benignity (Targum, benignitas), and grace (Syriac, gratia). Truth (emeth); properly, firmness, or stability, and so fidelity in which one performs one's promise. Truth is that absolute integrity of character, beth in word and deed, which secures the unhesitating confidence of all (Wardlaw). Umbreit and Elster designate it as inward truthfulness, the pectus rectum, the very essence of a true man. As khesed excludes all selfishness and hate, so emeth excludes all hypocrisy and dissimulation. These two virtues are frequently combined in the Proverbs (e.g. Proverbs 14:22; Proverbs 16:16; Proverbs 20:28) and Psalms (e.g. Psalm 25:10; Psalm 40:11; Psalm 57:4-11; Psalm 108:5; Psalm 138:2), and, when predicated of man, indicate the highest normal standard of moral perfection (Zockler). The two ideas are again brought together in the New Testament phrase, ἀληθεύειν ἐν ἀγάπη, "to speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). There seems little ground for the remark of Salasius, that "mercy" refers to our neighbours, and "truth" to God. Each virtue, in fact, has a twofold reference - one to God, the other to man. The promise in ver. 4, that the exercise of these virtues procures favour with God and man, implies this twofold aspect. Bind them about thy neck; either

(1) as ornaments worn about the neck (Gejerus, Zockler); or

(2) as amulets or talismans, which were worn from a superstitious notion to ward off danger (Umbreit and Vaihinger); or

(3) as treasures which one wears attached to the neck by a chain to guard against their loss (Hitzig); or

(4) as a signet, which was carried on a string round the neck (Delitzsch). The true reference of the passage seems to lie between (1) and (3). The latter adapts itself to the parallel expression, "Write them on the tablet of thine heart," and also agrees with Proverbs 6:21, "Tie them about thy neck," the idea being that of their careful preservation against loss. The former meaning, however, seems preferable. Mercy and truth are to be ornaments of the character, to be bound round the neck, i.e. worn at all times (comp. Proverbs 1:9, "For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thine head, and chains about thy neck." See also Genesis 41:42; Song of Solomon 1:10; Song of Solomon 4:9; Ezekiel 16:11). The imagery of the binding is evidently taken from Exodus 13:9 and Deuteronomy 6:8, and is suggestive of the tephillim, or phylacteries. Write them upon the table of thine heart; i.e. inscribe them. mercy and truth, deeply there, impress them thoroughly and indelibly upon thine heart, so that they may never be forgotten, and may form the mainspring of your actions. The expression implies that the heart is to be in entire union with their dictates. The table (luakh) was the tablet expressly prepared for writing by being polished, corresponding to the πινακίδον, the writing table of Luke 1:63, which, however, was probably covered with wax. The inscription was made with the stylus. The same word is used of the tables of stone, on which the ten commandments were written with the finger of God, end allusion is in all probability here made to that fact (Exodus 31:18; Exodus 34:28). The expression, "the tables of the heart," occurs in Proverbs 7:3; Jeremiah 17:1 (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:3); and is used by AEschylus, 'Pro.,' 789, δέλτοι φρενῶν, "the tablets of the heart." This clause is omitted in the LXX. 3:1-6 In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.
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