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Proverbs 2:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— So that thou incline thy ear to wisdom, [and] apply thy heart to understanding;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom [and] thou apply thy heart to understanding;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So that thou direct, unto wisdom, thine ear, bend thy heart, unto understanding;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: incline thy heart to know prudence.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— So that thou incline thine eare vnto wisedome, [and] apply thine heart to vnderstanding:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— thine ear shall hearken to wisdom; thou shalt also apply thine heart to understanding, and shalt apply it to the instruction of thy son.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
So that thou incline 7181
{7181} Prime
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
thine ear 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
unto wisdom, 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
[and] apply 5186
{5186} Prime
A primitive root; to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of applications.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
thine heart 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
to understanding; 8394
{8394} Prime
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 2:1-5.

Proverbs 2:2

_ _ Listen attentively and reflect seriously (Proverbs 1:24; Psalms 130:2).

_ _ understanding — right perception of truth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 2:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 2:2

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply (b) thine heart to understanding;

(b) If you give yourself to the true knowledge of God without hypocrisy.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.
Psalms 119:111-112 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart. ... I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, [even unto] the end.
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.
Matthew 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


Proverbs 22:17-21 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. ... That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Psalms 90:12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason [of things], and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness [and] madness:
Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: [there is] a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Ecclesiastes 8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also [there is that] neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
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Ps 90:12; 119:111. Pv 18:1; 22:17; 23:12. Ec 7:25; 8:9, 16. Is 55:3. Mt 13:9. Ac 17:11.

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