Proverbs 5:2
New International Version
that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.

New Living Translation
Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you've learned.

English Standard Version
that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.

King James Bible
That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Christian Standard Bible
so that you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.

Contemporary English Version
you will have sound judgment, and you will always know the right thing to say.

Good News Translation
Then you will know how to behave properly, and your words will show that you have knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.

International Standard Version
so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge.

NET Bible
in order to safeguard discretion, and that your lips may guard knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So that you heed counsel and your lips will keep knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that you may act with foresight and speak with insight.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
That you may observe discretion, And your lips may reserve knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that thou may keep council and that thy lips may conserve knowledge.

King James 2000 Bible
That you may preserve discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.

American King James Version
That you may regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.

American Standard Version
That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
that thou mayest keep good understanding, and the discretion of my lips gives thee a charge. Give no heed to a worthless woman;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayst keep thoughts, and thy lips may preserve instruction. Mind not the deceit of a woman.

Darby Bible Translation
that thou mayest keep reflection, and that thy lips may preserve knowledge.

English Revised Version
That thou mayest preserve discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

World English Bible
that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
To observe thoughtfulness, And knowledge do thy lips keep.
Study Bible
Avoiding Immorality
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, 2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. 3Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil,…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:21
My son, do not lose sight of this: Preserve sound judgment and discernment.

Malachi 2:7
For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the LORD of Hosts."

Treasury of Scripture

That you may regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.

thy lips

Proverbs 10:21
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Proverbs 15:2,7
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness…

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.







Lexicon
that you may maintain
לִשְׁמֹ֥ר (liš·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

discretion
מְזִמּ֑וֹת (mə·zim·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4209: A plan, evil, sometimes good

and your lips
שְׂפָתֶ֥יךָ (śə·p̄ā·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - fdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

may preserve
יִנְצֹֽרוּ׃ (yin·ṣō·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep

knowledge.
וְ֝דַ֗עַת (wə·ḏa·‘aṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge
Verse 2. - This verse expresses the purposes or results of the preceding admonition. The first is, that thou mayest regard discretion (Hebrew, lishmor m'zimmoth); literally, to guard reflection; i.e. in other words, that thou mayest maintain thoughtfulness, observe counsel, set a proper guard or control over thy thoughts, and so restrain them within proper and legitimate limits, or form such resolutions which, being well considered and prudential, may result in prudent conduct. The word m'zimmoth, however, does not travel beyond the sphere of what is conceived in the mind, and consequently does not mean conduct (as Holden conceives), except in a secondary sense, as that thoughts and plans are the necessary preliminaries to action and conduct. Muffet, in loc., explains, "that thou mayest not conceive in mind any evil or vanity." The word m'zimmoth is the plural of m'zimmmah, which occurs in Proverbs 1:4. This word generally means any plan, project, device, either in a good or bad sense. In the latter sense it is applied to intrigue and deceitful conduct, as in Proverbs 24:8. It is here used in a good sense. Indeed, Delitzsch remarks that the use of the word in a good sense is peculiar to the introductory part of the Proverbs (ch. 1-9.). The Vulgate renders. "That thou mayest guard thy thoughts or reflection (ut custodias cogitationes)." So the LXX., Ἵνα φυλάξῃς ἔννοιαν ἀγαθήν, "That thou mayest guard good reflection," the adjective ἀγαθή being introduced to note the sense in which the ἔννοια, i.e. act of thinking, properly, is to be understood. The prefix לִ ("to") before shamar, "to guard," in lishmor, expresses the purpose, as in Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 2:2, et alia. The second end in view is, that thy lips may keep knowledge; literally, and thy lips shall keep knowledge. Those lips keep or preserve knowledge which literally retain the instruction of Wisdom (Zockler), or which allow nothing to pass them which does not proceed from the knowledge of God (Delitzsch), and which, when they speak, give utterance to sound wisdom. The meaning may be illustrated by Psalm 17:3, "I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress." The same expression occurs in Malachi 2:7, "For the priest's lips should keep knowledge," i.e. preserve and give utterance to it. Where "the lips keep knowledge," there they are protected against the lips of the strange woman, i.e. against her allurements, because they will be fortified with purity. Thy lips; s'phatheyka is the dual of the feminine noun saphah, "a lip." The teacher designedly uses this word instead of "thy heart" (cf. Proverbs 3:1), because of the contrast which he has in mind, and which be produces in the next verse. The LXX., Vulgate. and Arabic add, "Attend not to the deceitful woman," which Houbigant and Schleusner think is required by the context. The addition, however, is without authority (Holden). 5:1-14 Solomon cautions all young men, as his children, to abstain from fleshly lusts. Some, by the adulterous woman, here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men's minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan's method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm's way. If we thrust ourselves into temptation we mock God when we pray, Lead us not into temptation. How many mischiefs attend this sin! It blasts the reputation; it wastes time; it ruins the estate; it is destructive to health; it will fill the mind with horror. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow. The convinced sinner reproaches himself, and makes no excuse for his folly. By the frequent acts of sin, the habits of it become rooted and confirmed. By a miracle of mercy true repentance may prevent the dreadful consequences of such sins; but this is not often; far more die as they have lived. What can express the case of the self-ruined sinner in the eternal world, enduring the remorse of his conscience!
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