New International Version
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
King James Bible
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
Darby Bible Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge.
World English Bible
Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.
Young's Literal Translation
Incline thine ear, and hear words of the wise, And thy heart set to my knowledge,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Bow down thine ear - From this to the end of Proverbs 22:21 are contained, not proverbs, but directions how to profit by that which wisdom has already delivered; the nature of the instruction, and the end for which it was given.
I shall give a paraphrase of this very important passage: -
I. Solomon addresses his pupils on the use of his past teachings. See on Proverbs 22:6 (note).
1. The wise man speaks; and all his words, not merely his sentiments, are to be carefully heard.
2. He speaks knowledge - gives doctrines true in themselves, and confirmed by observation and experience.
3. These are to be heard with humility and deep attention: "Bow down thine ear."
4. They must not only be heard, but meditated and pondered: "Apply thine heart to my knowledge."
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Chapel Royal, Whitehall, 1871. Proverbs xxii. 2. "The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all." I have been asked to preach here this afternoon on behalf of the Parochial Mission Women's Fund. I may best describe the object for which I plead, as an attempt to civilise and Christianise the women of the lower classes in the poorer districts of London and other great towns, by means of women of their own class--women, who have gone through the same struggles as they have, …
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turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.
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