Proverbs 3:22
New International Version
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

New Living Translation
for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.

English Standard Version
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

Berean Study Bible
They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck.

King James Bible
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

New King James Version
So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.

New American Standard Bible
And they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

NASB 1995
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

NASB 1977
So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.

Amplified Bible
And they will be life to your soul (your inner self) And a gracious adornment to your neck (your outer self).

Christian Standard Bible
They will be life for you and adornment for your neck.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will be life for you and adornment for your neck.

American Standard Version
So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it shall be Life to your soul and Grace to your neck.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
that thy soul may live, and that there may be grace round thy neck; and it shall be health to thy flesh, and safety to thy bones:

Contemporary English Version
They will help you to live a long and beautiful life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there shall be life to thy soul, and grace to thy mouth.

English Revised Version
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Good News Translation
They will provide you with life--a pleasant and happy life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they will mean life for you, and they will grace your neck.

International Standard Version
and they will be life to you and a graceful ornament for your neck.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck.

Literal Standard Version
And they are life to your soul, and grace to your neck.

NET Bible
So they will give life to you, and grace to adorn your neck.

New Heart English Bible
so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.

World English Bible
so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.

Young's Literal Translation
And they are life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Blessings of Wisdom
21My son, do not lose sight of this: Preserve sound judgment and discernment. 22They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. 23Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:47
For they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess."

Proverbs 1:9
For they are a garland of grace on your head and a pendant around your neck.

Proverbs 4:13
Hold on to instruction; do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.

Proverbs 21:21
He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor.


Treasury of Scripture

So shall they be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.

life

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Isaiah 38:16
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

John 12:49,50
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak…

grace

Proverbs 1:9
For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.









Verse 22. - So shall they he life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck. So shall they be (n'yikva); and they shall be. The "soul" and "neck" stand for the whole man in his twofold nature, internal and external. Life is in its highest and widest sense given to the soul (see Proverbs 2:16, 18; Proverbs 4:22; Proverbs 8:35), and favour is conferred on the man, i.e. he becomes acceptable to his neighbours, if he has wisdom. The latter expression is very similar to Proverbs 1:9, where the same promise is expressed, "grace" (hon) being equivalent to "ornament of grace" (liv'yath hon). Others understand "grace to thy neck" (hon l'garg grotheyka), as gratia guttturis, in the sense of "grace of the lips," as in Psalm 45:3 and Proverbs 22:11, that is, as the grace of speaking, power of eloquent and effective utterance (Gejerus, Bayne, Lapide). It is better to take it as referring to the adornment of the personal character, and so by metonymy of the favour and kindness which it procures.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They will be
וְיִֽהְי֣וּ (wə·yih·yū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

life
חַיִּ֣ים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

to your soul
לְנַפְשֶׁ֑ךָ (lə·nap̄·še·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

and adornment
וְ֝חֵ֗ן (wə·ḥên)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

to your neck.
לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶֽיךָ׃ (lə·ḡar·gə·rō·ṯe·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1621: The throat


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