Proverbs 2:2
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New International Version
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

King James Bible
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Darby Bible Translation
so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom [and] thou apply thy heart to understanding;

World English Bible
So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

My son - Here the tutor still continues to instruct his disciple.

Hide my commandments with theel Treasure them up in thy heart, and then act from them through the medium of thy affections. He who has the rule of his duty only in his Bible and in his head, is not likely to be a steady, consistent character; his heart is not engaged, and his obedience, in any case, can be only forced, or done from a sense of duty: it is not the obedience of a loving, dutiful child, to an affectionate father. But he who has the word of God in his heart, works from his heart; his heart goes with him in all things, and he delights to do the will of his heavenly Father, because his law is in his heart. See Proverbs 3:3.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.

Psalm 119:111,112 Your testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart...

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you...

Matthew 13:9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.


Psalm 22:17-21 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare on me...

Psalm 25:12 What man is he that fears the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly...

Ecclesiastes 8:9,16 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun...

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

The Beginning and End of Wisdom
PROVERBS ii. 2, 3, 5. If thou incline thine ear to wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after wisdom, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. We shall see something curious in the last of these verses, when we compare it with one in the chapter before. The chapter before says, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That if we wish to be wise at all, we must BEGIN by
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God

Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
To Oger, Regular Canon [34] Bernard blames him for his resignation of his pastoral charge, although made from the love of a calm and pious life. None the less, he instructs him how, after becoming a private person, he ought to live in community. To Brother Oger, the Canon, Brother Bernard, monk but sinner, wishes that he may walk worthily of God even to the end, and embraces him with the fullest affection. 1. If I seem to have been too slow in replying to your letter, ascribe it to my not having
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Proverbs 2:3
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

Proverbs 4:1
Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 4:20
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.

Proverbs 22:17
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,

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