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Proverbs 4:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not go: keep her, for she is thy life.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Take fast hold of correction, let her not go,—keep her, for, she, is thy life.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she [is] thy life.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Take hold on instruction, leave it not: keep it, because it is thy life.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not goe; keepe her, for she is thy life.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Take hold of my instruction; let it not go,-- but keep it for thyself for thy life.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Take fast hold 2388
{2388} Prime
A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer.
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
of instruction; 4148
{4148} Prime
From H3256; properly chastisement; figuratively reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint.
let [her] not x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
go: 7503
{7503} Prime
A primitive root; to slacken (in many applications, literally or figuratively).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
keep 5341
{5341} Prime
A primitive root; to guard, in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) or a bad one (to conceal, etc.).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
her; for 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.
she x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
[is] thy life. 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 4:13

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 3:18). The figure of laying hold with the hand suggests earnest effort.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 4:1-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 3:18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.
Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.
Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.


Genesis 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Song of Songs 3:4 [It was] but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
Luke 24:27-29 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. ... But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
John 4:39-42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. ... And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard [him] ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.


Proverbs 3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Deuteronomy 32:47 For it [is] not a vain thing for you; because it [is] your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong [your] days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
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Gn 32:26. Dt 32:47. Pv 3:18, 22; 23:23. Ec 7:12. So 3:4. Lk 24:27. Jn 4:39; 6:68. Ac 2:42; 11:23. 1Th 5:21. He 2:1. Rv 2:13; 12:11.

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