English Standard Version
My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,
King James Bible
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
American Standard Version
My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
My son, let not these things depart from thy eyes: keep the law and counsel:
English Revised Version
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion;
Webster's Bible Translation
My son, let not them depart from thy eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
Proverbs 3:21 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
As regards פּנינים, for which the Kethb has פּניּים, the following things are in favour of the fundamental meaning "corals," viz.: (1.) The name itself, which corresponds with the Arab. fann; this word, proceeding from the root-idea of shooting forth, particularly after the manner of plants, means the branch and all that raises or multiplies itself branch-like or twig-like (Fleischer). (2.) The redness attributed to the פנינים, Lamentations 4:7, in contradistinction to the pure whiteness attributed to snow and milk (vid., at Job 28:18). The meaning of the word may, however, have become generalized in practice (lxx in loc. λίθων πολετελῶν, Graec. Venet. λιθιδίων); the meaning "pearls," given to it in the Job-Targum by Rashi, and particularly by Bochart, lay so much the nearer as one may have wrought also corals and precious stones, such as the carbuncle, sardius, and sapphire, into the form of pearls. יקרה, in consequence of the retrogression of the tone, has Munach on the penult., and that as an exception, as has been remarked by the Masora, since in substantives and proper names terminating in ה the נסוג אחור, i.e., the receding of the tone, does not elsewhere appear, e.g., יפה היא, Genesis 12:14, בּרה היא, Sol 6:9, צרה היא, Jeremiah 30:7. חפץ is first abstr., a being inclined to something, lust, will, pleasure in anything, then also concr., anything in which one has pleasure, what is beautiful, precious; cf. Arab. nfı̂s, _hyy, hence hjârt nfı̂st, precious stones" (Fleischer). שׁוה with ב means to be an equivalent (purchase-price, exchange) for anything; the most natural construction in Arab. as well as in Hebr. is that with ל, to be the equivalent of a thing (vid., at Job 33:27); the ב is the Beth pretii, as if one said in Arab.: biabi anta thou art in the estimate of my father, I give it for thee. One distinctly perceives in Proverbs 3:14, Proverbs 3:15, the echo of Job 28. This tetrastich occurs again with a slight variation at Proverbs 8:10-11. The Talmud and the Midrash accent it so, that in the former the expression is וכל־חפצים, and in the latter וכל־חפציך, and they explain the latter of precious stones and pearls (אבנים טובות ומרגליות).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.
that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
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