Proverbs 3:3
New International Version
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

New Living Translation
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

English Standard Version
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Berean Study Bible
Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

King James Bible
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

New King James Version
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,

New American Standard Bible
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

NASB 1995
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

NASB 1977
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Amplified Bible
Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Christian Standard Bible
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

American Standard Version
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let not peace, favor and truth forsake you; bind them on your neck and write them upon the tablet of your heart

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; but bind them about thy neck:

Contemporary English Version
Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not mercy and truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart:

English Revised Version
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Good News Translation
Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let mercy and truth leave you. Fasten them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

International Standard Version
Do not let gracious love and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee; Bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thy heart;

Literal Standard Version
Do not let kindness and truth forsake you, Bind them on your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,

NET Bible
Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

New Heart English Bible
Do not let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

World English Bible
Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Trust in the LORD
2for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life. 3Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.…

Cross References
2 Corinthians 3:3
It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Deuteronomy 6:8
Tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Deuteronomy 11:18
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

2 Samuel 15:20
In fact, you arrived only yesterday; should I make you wander around with us today while I do not know where I am going? Go back and take your brothers with you. May the LORD show you loving devotion and faithfulness."

Psalm 85:10
Loving devotion and faithfulness have joined together; righteousness and peace have kissed.

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

Proverbs 6:21
Bind them always upon your heart; tie them around your neck.


Treasury of Scripture

Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them on the table of your heart:

mercy

Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Proverbs 20:28
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

2 Samuel 15:20
Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

bind

Proverbs 6:21
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 7:3
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Exodus 13:9
And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

write

Jeremiah 17:1
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Hebrews 10:16
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;









(3) Mercy.--Or rather, love, shown by God to man (Exodus 34:7), by man to God (Jeremiah 2:2), and to his fellow man (Genesis 21:23); "truth," or rather, faithfulness, especially in keeping promises, is similarly used both of God (Psalm 30:10) and man (Isaiah 59:14). The two are often joined, as in this place. They are the two special attributes by which God is known in His dealings with men (Exodus 34:6-7), and as such must be imitated by man (Matthew 5:48). . . . Verse 3. - Mercy and truth (khesed vermeth); properly, love and truth; Vulgate, misericordia et veritas; LXX., ἐλεημοσύναι καὶ πίστεις. With this verse begin the commandments which are alluded to in ver. 1. The Hebrew khesed has to be understood in its widest sense, though the Vulgate and the LXX. confine it to one aspect of its meaning, viz. that which refers to the relation of man to man, to the pity evoked by the sight of another's misfortunes, and to ahnsgiving. The radical meaning of the word is "ardent desire," from the root khasad, "to eagerly or ardently desire." Delitzsch describes it as "well affectedness." Predicated of God, it indicates God's love and grace towards man; predicated of man, it signifies man's love toward s God, i.e. piety, or man's love towards his neighbour, i.e. humanity. Where this mercy or love is exhibited in man it finds expression in

(1) mutual outward help;

(2) forgiveness of offences;

(3) sympathy of feeling, which leads to interchange of thought, and so to the development of the spiritual life (see Elster, in loc.). . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Never
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

let loving devotion
חֶ֥סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

or faithfulness
וֶאֱמֶ֗ת (we·’ĕ·meṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

leave you;
יַעַ֫זְבֻ֥ךָ (ya·‘az·ḇu·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

bind
קָשְׁרֵ֥ם (qā·šə·rêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7194: To tie, gird, confine, compact, in love, league

them
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

around your neck,
גַּרְגְּרוֹתֶ֑יךָ (gar·gə·rō·w·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1621: The throat

write
כָּ֝תְבֵ֗ם (kā·ṯə·ḇêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3789: To grave, to write

them on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the tablet
ל֥וּחַ (lū·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3871: To glisten, a tablet, of stone, wood, metal

of your heart.
לִבֶּֽךָ׃ (lib·be·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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