Proverbs 6:23
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New International Version
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,

King James Bible
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Darby Bible Translation
For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching a light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

World English Bible
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

Young's Literal Translation
For a lamp is the command, And the law a light, And a way of life are reproofs of instruction,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For the commandment is a lamp - It illuminates our path. It shows us how we should walk and praise God.

And the law is light - A general light, showing the nature and will of God, and the interest and duty of Man.

And reproofs of instruction - Or, that instruction which reproves us for our sins and errors leads us into the way of life.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the commandment

Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalm 119:98-100,105 You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me...

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place...

lamp

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly...

and reproofs

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 15:31 The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise rebuke your neighbor, and not suffer sin on him.

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head...

the way

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.

Proverbs 4:4,13 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live...

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Jeremiah 21:8 And to this people you shall say, Thus said the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

Library
The Talking Book
A Sermon (No. 1017) Delivered on Lord's Day Morning, October 22nd, 1871 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."--Proverbs 6:22. It is a very happy circumstance when the commandment of our father and the law of our mother are also the commandment of God and the law of the Lord. Happy are they who have a double force to draw them to the right--the bonds of nature, and the cords of grace. They sin with a vengeance who sin both against
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How Sowers of Strifes and Peacemakers are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 24.) Differently to be admonished are sowers of strifes and peacemakers. For sowers of strifes are to be admonished to perceive whose followers they are. For of the apostate angel it is written, when tares had been sown among the good crop, An enemy hath done this (Matth. xiii. 28). Of a member of him also it is said through Solomon, An apostate person, an unprofitable man, walketh with a perverse mouth, he winketh with his eyes, he beateth with his foot, he speaketh with his finger,
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 39:8
But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.

Psalm 19:8
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:130
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Proverbs 10:17
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:26
I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.

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