Proverbs 23:19
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English Standard Version
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

King James Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

American Standard Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear thou, my son, and be wise: and guide thy mind in the way.

English Revised Version
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 Withhold not correction from the child;

     For thou will beat him with the rod, and he will not die.

14 Thou beatest him with the rod,

     And with it deliverest his soul from hell.

The exhortation, 13a, presupposes that education by word and deed is a duty devolving on the father and the teacher with regard to the child. In 13b, כּי is in any case the relative conjunction. The conclusion does not mean: so will he not fall under death (destruction), as Luther also would have it, after Deuteronomy 19:21, for this thought certainly follows Proverbs 23:14; nor after Proverbs 19:18 : so may the stroke not be one whereof he dies, for then the author ought to have written אל־תּמיתנּוּ; but: he will not die of it, i.e., only strike if he has deserved it, thou needest not fear; the bitter medicine will be beneficial to him, not deadly. The אתּה standing before the double clause, Proverbs 23:14, means that he who administers corporal chastisement to the child, saves him spiritually; for שׁאול does not refer to death in general, but to death falling upon a man before his time, and in his sins, vid., Proverbs 15:24, cf. Proverbs 8:26.

Proverbs 23:19 Parallel Commentaries

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and guide

Proverbs 23:12,26 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge...

Proverbs 4:10-23 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many...

in the way or 'in the right way'

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:9
"Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children--

Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 9:6
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight."

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