Proverbs 22:17
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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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Clarke'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."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 2:2-5 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding...

Proverbs 5:1,2 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding...

and hear

Proverbs 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:4-8 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live...

Proverbs 8:33,34 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not...

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 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son...


Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

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...

The Rich and the Poor
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,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Christian Business World
Scripture references: Proverbs 22:29; Romans 12:11; Psalms 24:1; 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8; Psalm 49:6,10,16,17; 62:10; Matthew 13:22; Mark 10:23,24; Job 31:24-26; Proverbs 3:9; Matthew 25:14-30; 24:45-51; 6:19-21; Luke 12:16-21. THE IDEAL IN THE BUSINESS WORLD There is often a wide difference between the methods actually employed in doing business and when they should be. Good men who are in the thick of the battle of competition and rivalry with other firms in the same line of trade, are the quickest
Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian

Cross References
Proverbs 2:2
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding--

Proverbs 5:1
My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.

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