New International Version
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it 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
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Take fast hold - החזק hachazek, seize it strongly, and keep the hold; and do this as for life. Learn all thou canst, retain what thou hast learnt, and keep the reason continually in view - it is for thy life.
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'When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.'--PROVERBS iv. 12. The old metaphor likening life to a path has many felicities in it. It suggests constant change, it suggests continuous progress in one direction, and that all our days are linked together, and are not isolated fragments; and it suggests an aim and an end. So we find it perpetually in this Book of Proverbs. Here the 'way' has a specific designation, 'the way of Wisdom'--that is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Two Paths
Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Song of Solomon 3:4
Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me.
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