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Proverbs 24:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; And the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to thy taste:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honey-comb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Eat honey, my son, for it is good; and a honeycomb is sweet to thy taste:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— My son, eat thou honey, because it is good,—and droppings from the comb [because they are] sweet to thy palate:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Eat my son, honey that [is] good, And the honeycomb—sweet to thy palate.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb most sweet to thy throat.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My sonne, eate thou honie, because it [is] good, and the honie combe, [which is] sweete to thy taste.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [My] son, eat honey, for the honeycomb is good, that thy throat may be sweetened.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My son, 1121
{1121} Prime
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
eat 398
{0398} Prime
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
thou honey, 1706
{1706} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
because x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
[it is] good; 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
and the honeycomb, 5317
{5317} Prime
From H5130 in the sense of shaking to pieces; a dripping that is, of honey (from the comb).
[which is] sweet 4966
{4966} Prime
From H4985; sweet.
to x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
thy taste: 2441
{2441} Prime
Probably from H2496 in the sense of tasting; properly the palate or inside of the mouth; hence the mouth itself (as the organ of speech, taste and kissing).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:13-14

_ _ As delicious food whets the appetite, so should the rewards of wisdom excite us to seek it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:13-14

_ _ We are here quickened to the study of wisdom by the consideration both of the pleasure and the profit of it. 1. It will be very pleasant. We eat honey because it is sweet to the taste, and upon that account we call it good, especially that which runs first from the honey-comb. Canaan was said to flow with milk and honey, and honey was the common food of the country (Luke 24:41, Luke 24:42), even for children, Isaiah 7:15. Thus should we feed upon wisdom, and relish the good instructions of it. Those that have tasted honey need no further proof that it is sweet, nor can they by any argument be convinced of the contrary; so those that have experienced the power of truth and godliness are abundantly satisfied of the pleasure of both; they have tasted the sweetness of them, and all the atheists in the world with their sophistry, and the profane with their banter, cannot alter their sentiments. 2. It will be very profitable. Honey may be sweet to the taste and yet not wholesome, but wisdom has a future recompence attending it, as well as a present sweetness in it. “Thou art permitted to eat honey, and the agreeableness of it to thy taste invites thee to it; but thou hast much more reason to relish and digest the precepts of wisdom, for when thou hast found that, there shall be a reward; thou shalt be paid for thy pleasure, while the servants of sin pay dearly for their pains. Wisdom does indeed set thee to work, but there shall be a reward; it does indeed raise great expectations in thee, but as thy labour, so thy hope, shall not be in vain; thy expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18), nay, it shall be infinitely outdone.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 24:13

Eat — This is not a command, but a concession, and is only here expressed to illustrate the following verse. Honey in those parts was an usual food.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 24:13

My son, eat thou (d) honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:

(d) As honey is sweet and pleasant to the taste, so wisdom is to the soul.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Proverbs 25:27 [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
Song of Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

to thy taste:
Heb. upon thy palate
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Pv 25:16, 27. So 5:1. Is 7:15. Mt 3:4.

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