New American Standard Bible
Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
King James Bible
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
Darby Bible Translation
Take fast hold of instruction, let her not go: keep her, for she is thy life.
World English Bible
Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.
Young's Literal Translation
Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she is thy life.
Proverbs 4:13 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
She is thy life - Another parallel between personified Wisdom in this book and the Incarnate Wisdom in John 1:4.
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. "
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.
Song of Solomon 3:4
"Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother's house, And into the room of her who conceived me."
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