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Proverbs 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Let not loving-kindness and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lovingkindness and faithfulness, let them not forsake thee,—bind them, upon thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let not mercy aud truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and write them in the tables of thy heart.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let not mercy and trueth forsake thee: bind them about thy necke, write them vpon the table of thine heart.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; but bind them about thy neck:
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let not x408
(0408) Complement
אַל
'al
{al}
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
mercy 2617
{2617} Prime
חֶסֶד
checed
{kheh'-sed}
From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty.
and truth 571
{0571} Prime
אֱמֶת
'emeth
{eh'-meth}
Contracted from H0539; stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness.
forsake 5800
{5800} Prime
עָזַב
`azab
{aw-zab'}
A primitive root; to loosen, that is, relinquish, permit, etc.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
thee: bind 7194
{7194} Prime
קָשַׁר
qashar
{kaw-shar'}
A primitive root; to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
them about x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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 neck; 1621
{1621} Prime
גַּרְגֶּרֶת
garg@rowth
{gar-gher-owth'}
Feminine plural from H1641; the throat (as used in rumination).
write 3789
{3789} Prime
כָּתַב
kathab
{kaw-thab'}
A primitive root; to grave; by implication to write (describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
them upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
the table 3871
{3871} Prime
לוּחַ
luwach
{loo'-akh}
From a primitive root; probably meaning to glisten; a tablet (as polished), of stone, wood or metal.
of thine heart: 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
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.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 3:3

_ _ mercy and truth — God’s faithfulness to His promises is often expressed by these terms (Psalms 25:10; Psalms 57:3). As attributes of men, they express integrity in a wide sense (Proverbs 16:6; Proverbs 20:28).

_ _ bind ... write ... heart — outwardly adorn and inwardly govern motives.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 3:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 3:3

Mercy — Mercy denotes all benignity, charity, and readiness to do good to others: truth or faithfulness respects all those duties which we owe to God or man, which we have special obligation from the rules of justice. Bind them — Like a chain, wherewith persons adorn their necks. Table — In thy mind and heart, in which all God's commands are to be received and engraven.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 3:3

Let not (b) mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy (c) neck; write them upon the table of thine (d) heart:

(b) By mercy and truth he means the commandments of the first and second table, or else the mercy and faithfulness that we ought to use toward our neighbours.

(c) Keep them as a precious jewel.

(d) Have them ever in remembrance.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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.
Psalms 25:10 All the paths of the LORD [are] mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
Micah 7:18-20 Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy. ... Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; ... And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

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.
Deuteronomy 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. ... That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

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;
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Ex 13:9. Dt 6:8; 11:18. 2S 15:20. Ps 25:10; 119:11. Pv 6:21; 7:3; 16:6; 20:28. Jr 17:1. Ho 4:1. Mi 7:18. Mal 2:6. Mt 23:23. 2Co 3:3. Ep 5:1, 9. He 10:16.

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