Proverbs 4:8
New International Version
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

New Living Translation
If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.

English Standard Version
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

Berean Study Bible
Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.

New American Standard Bible
"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

King James Bible
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Christian Standard Bible
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.

Contemporary English Version
If you value Wisdom and hold tightly to her, great honors will be yours.

Good News Translation
Love wisdom, and she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will bring you honor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.

International Standard Version
Prize her and she will exalt you. Indeed, if you embrace her, she will honor you.

NET Bible
Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

New Heart English Bible
Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Love her that she may exalt you and embrace her that she may honor you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cherish wisdom. It will raise you up. It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Extol her, and she will exalt thee; She will bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

New American Standard 1977
“Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Grow in wisdom, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou hast embraced her.

King James 2000 Bible
Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

American King James Version
Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

American Standard Version
Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Secure it, and it shall exalt thee: honour it, that it may embrace thee;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her.

Darby Bible Translation
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

English Revised Version
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Webster's Bible Translation
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

World English Bible
Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

Young's Literal Translation
Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.
Study Bible
A Father's Instruction
7Wisdom is supreme; therefore acquire wisdom. And whatever else you obtain, gain understanding. 8Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. 9She will set a garland of grace on your head; she will present you with a crown of beauty.”…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever. But now the LORD declares: Far be it from Me! For I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disdained.

Song of Solomon 2:6
His left hand is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.

Treasury of Scripture

Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her.

Proverbs 3:35
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 22:4
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

1 Samuel 2:30
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.







Lexicon
Prize her,
סַלְסְלֶ֥הָ (sal·sə·le·hā)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5549: To mound up, to exalt, to oppose

and she will exalt you;
וּֽתְרוֹמְמֶ֑ךָּ (ū·ṯə·rō·wm·me·kā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

if
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you embrace her,
תְחַבְּקֶֽנָּה׃ (ṯə·ḥab·bə·qen·nāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2263: To clasp, embrace

she will honor you.
תְּ֝כַבֵּ֗דְךָ (tə·ḵab·bê·ḏə·ḵā)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3513: To be heavy, weighty, or burdensome
(8) Exalt her, and she shall promote thee.--Comp. 1Samuel 2:30, "Them that honour me I will honour."

Verse 8 - Exalt her, and she shall promote thee. The father here proceeds to point out some of the benefits which follow from the pursuit of Wisdom. Exalt her (sal's'leah); Vulgate, arripe illam; LXX., περιχαράκωσον αὐτὴν; Targum, dilige eam; Syriac, blandire illi; Arabic, circumsepi eam. The Hebrew, sal's'leah, is the pilpel imperative of salal, "to lift up, exalt." It is equivalent to the kal form. The pilpel form only occurs here, but the kal participle is met with in Proverbs 15:19, where it has the meaning of "to raise up as a causeway" (see marginal reading in loc.). Gesenius renders, "exalt her," sc. with praises. The meaning of the verb, as Delitzsch says, is to be determined, by the corresponding "she shall promote thee" (th'rom'mek), and this verb romem is

(1) to raise or make high;

(2) to exalt by bestowing honours upon one of low estate, i.e. raising them in general estimation; it is so used in 1 Samuel 2:7 by Hannah, in her song of thankfulness, "He (Jehovah) bringeth low and lifteth up (m'romem);"

(3) to extol by praises, as in Psalm 30:2. The radical meaning of salal seems to be "to heap up," as a road is prepared by embankments, and by the filling up of inequalities (cf. Isaiah 62:10). In this sense the passage before us is explained by Levi ben Gersom, "Prepare the way of Wisdom, and walk assiduously in it." But the context, wherein the idea of buying is evidently used. favours Bottcher's interpretation, "Hold it or her high in price, bid high for her as a purchaser who makes offer upon offer, to secure what he wants." So Pi, in pretio habe. The LXX. rendering, "Circumvallate her, enclose her with a wall or hedge," which is reproduced in the Arabic, circumsepi eam, "hedge her around," seems out of place with the context. The Talmudists understand the verb as signifying "to examine closely," "to scrutinize, meditate, or reflect" upon Wisdom constantly, just as the Roman, poet says, "Nocturna versate manu, versate diurna" - "We exalt Wisdom when we follow her precepts," i.e. when we esteem her - the idea which is presented to us in the Targum and Syriac cited above. The sentiment of the verse agrees with what Jehovah says in the message of the man of God to Eli, in 1 Samuel 2:30, "Them that honour me I will honour." She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. The LXX. reverses the order of ideas, "Honour her in order that she may embrace thee." Embrace her; i.e. in a loving and affectionate manner, as a husband does his wife, or a son his mother. (For the verb khavak, see Proverbs 5:20: Song of Solomon 2:6; Song of Solomon 8:3.) There are only three other instances where this verb occurs in the pilel form, khibbek. Esteem and honour, the confidence of others, elevation to offices of trust and consequence, are some of the rewards with which Wisdom repays those who esteem and love her. Others follow in the next verse. 4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
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