New American Standard Bible
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
King James Bible
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know intelligence;
World English Bible
Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
Young's Literal Translation
Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The words "ye children" indicate as usual a new section returning, after the break of Proverbs 3:27-35, to the old strain of fatherly counsel.
LibraryKeeping and Kept
'Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'--PROVERBS iv. 23. 'Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.'--1 PETER 1. 5. The former of these texts imposes a stringent duty, the latter promises divine help to perform it. The relation between them is that between the Law and the Gospel. The Law commands, the Gospel gives power to obey. The Law pays no attention to man's weakness, and points no finger to the source of strength. Its office is to set clearly …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Hold Fast
Truth Hidden when not Sought After.
How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
"We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters,
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