Proverbs 22:18
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English Standard Version
for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.

King James Bible
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

American Standard Version
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, If they be established together upon thy lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which shall be beautiful for thee, if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it shall flow in thy lips:

English Revised Version
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be established together upon thy lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keepest them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

12 The eyes of Jahve preserve knowledge;

     So he frustrateth the words of the false.

The phrase "to preserve knowledge" is found at Proverbs 5:2; there, in the sense of to keep, retain; here, of protecting, guarding; for it cannot possibly be said that the eyes of God keep themselves by the rule of knowledge, and thus preserve knowledge; this predicate is not in accord with the eyes, and is, as used of God, even inappropriate. On the other hand, after "to preserve," in the sense of watching, guarding a concrete object is to be expected, cf. Isaiah 26:3. We need not thus with Ewald supply יודע; the ancients are right that דעת, knowledge, stands metonymically for אישׁ (Meri), or אנשׁי (Aben Ezra), or יודעי דעת (Arama); Schultens rightly: Cognitio veritatis ac virtutis practica fertur ad homines eam colentes ac praestantes. Where knowledge of the true and the good exists, there does it stand under the protection of God. 12b shows how that is meant, for there the perf. is continued in the second consec. modus (fut. consec.): there is thus protection against the assaults of enemies who oppose the knowledge which they hate, and seek to triumph over it, and to suppress it by their crooked policy. But God stands on the side of knowledge and protects it, and consequently makes vain the words (the outspoken resolutions) of the deceitful. Regarding סלף (סלף), vid., Proverbs 11:3 and Proverbs 19:3. The meaning of סלּף דּברי is here essentially different from that in Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19 : he perverteth their words, for he giveth them a bearing that is false, i.e., not leading to the end. Hitzig reads רעות [wickedness] for דעת, which Zckler is inclined to favour: God keeps the evil which is done in His eyes, and hinders its success; but "to observe wickedness" is an ambiguous, untenable expression; the only passage that can be quoted in favour of this "to observe" is Job 7:20. The word דעת, handed down without variation, is much rather justified.

Proverbs 22:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

it is

Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul;

Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste...

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalm 119:103,111,162 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!...

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name...

within thee

Job 32:18,19 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me...

John 7:38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.


Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Proverbs 10:13,21 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding...

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Psalm 119:13,171 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth...

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Cross References
Proverbs 2:10
for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Proverbs 22:19
That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made them known to you today, even to you.

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