New International Version
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
King James Bible
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Darby Bible Translation
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart.
World English Bible
Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.
Young's Literal Translation
Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Keep them in the midst of thine heart - Let them be wrapped up in the very center of thy affections; that they may give spring and energy to every desire, word, and wish.
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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 …
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The Two Paths
Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
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