Proverbs 4:20
New International Version
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

New Living Translation
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.

English Standard Version
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Berean Study Bible
My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

King James Bible
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

New King James Version
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

New American Standard Bible
My son, pay attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

NASB 1995
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

NASB 1977
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

Amplified Bible
My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; Open your ears to my sayings.

Christian Standard Bible
My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings.

American Standard Version
My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, give ear to my words and incline your ear to my speech.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My son, attend to my speech; and apply thine ear to my words:

Contemporary English Version
My child, listen carefully to everything I say.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, hearken to my words, and incline thy ear to my sayings.

English Revised Version
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Good News Translation
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My son, pay attention to my words. Open your ears to what I say.

International Standard Version
My son, pay attention to my words, and listen closely to what I say.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Literal Standard Version
My son, give attention to my words, Incline your ear to my sayings,

NET Bible
My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings.

New Heart English Bible
My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

World English Bible
My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

Young's Literal Translation
My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Father's Instruction
19But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble. 20My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart.…

Cross References
Proverbs 2:2
if you incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding,

Proverbs 5:1
My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my insight,


Treasury of Scripture

My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

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

Proverbs 6:20,21
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: …

Proverbs 7:1
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.









Verse 20. - The teacher here resumes his admonitions after thus citing the example of his father's teaching, and showing how it resembled the tenor of his own precepts, which, upon such a consideration, were most worthy of attention.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

pay attention
הַקְשִׁ֑יבָה (haq·šî·ḇāh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

to my words;
לִדְבָרַ֣י (liḏ·ḇā·ray)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

incline
הַט־ (haṭ-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

your ear
אָזְנֶֽךָ׃ (’ā·zə·ne·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 241: Broadness, the ear

to my sayings.
לַ֝אֲמָרַ֗י (la·’ă·mā·ray)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 561: Something said


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