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Proverbs 7:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— My son, keep my sayings, and, my commandments, treasure by thee;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— My son! keep my sayings, And my commands lay up with thee.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My son, keep my words, and lay up my precepts with thee. Son,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My sonne, keepe my words, and lay vp my commaundements with thee.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [My] son, keep my words, and hide with thee my commandments. [My] son, honour the Lord, and thou shalt be strong; and fear none but him:
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

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.).
keep 8104
{8104} Prime
A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
my words, 561
{0561} Prime
From H0559; something said.
and lay up 6845
{6845} Prime
A primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
my commandments 4687
{4687} Prime
From H6680; a command, whether human or divine (collectively the Law).
with x854
(0854) Complement
Probably from H0579; properly nearness (used only as a preposition or adverb), near; hence generally with, by, at, among, etc.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 7:1-4

_ _ Proverbs 7:1-27. The subject continued, by a delineation of the arts of strange women, as a caution to the unwary.

_ _ Similar calls (Proverbs 3:1-3; Proverbs 4:10, etc.).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 7:1-5

_ _ These verses are an introduction to his warning against fleshly lusts, much the same with that, Proverbs 6:20, etc., and ending (Proverbs 7:5) as that did (Proverbs 6:24), To keep thee from the strange woman; that is it he aims at; only there he had said, Keep thy father's commandment, here (which comes all to one), Keep my commandments, for he speaks to us as unto sons. He speaks in God's name; for it is God's commandments that we are to keep, his words, his law. The word of God must be to us, 1. As that which we are most careful of. We must keep it as our treasure; we must lay up God's commandments with us, lay them up safely, that we may not be robbed of them by the wicked one, Proverbs 7:1. We must keep it as our life: Keep my commandments and live (Proverbs 7:2), not only, “Keep them, and you shall live;” but, “Keep them as you would your life, as those that cannot live without them.” It would be death to a good man to be deprived of the word of God, for by it he lives, and not by bread alone. 2. As that which we are most tender of: Keep my law as the apple of thy eye. A little thing offends the eye, and therefore nature has so well guarded it. We pray, with David, that God would keep us as the apple of his eye (Psalms 17:8), that our lives and comforts may be precious in his sight; and they shall be so (Zechariah 2:8) if we be in like manner tender of his law and afraid of the least violation of it. Those who reproach strict and circumspect walking, as needless preciseness, consider not that the law is to be kept as the apple of the eye, for indeed it is the apple of our eye; the law is light; the law in the heart is the eye of the soul. 3. As that which we are proud of and would be ever mindful of (Proverbs 7:3): “Bind them upon thy fingers; let them be precious to thee; look upon them as an ornament, as a diamond-ring, as the signet on thy right hand; wear them continually as thy wedding-ring, the badge of thy espousals to God. Look upon the word of God as putting an honour upon thee, as an ensign of thy dignity. Bind them on thy fingers, that they may be constant memorandums to thee of thy duty, that thou mayest have them always in view, as that which is graven upon the palms of thy hands.” 4. As that which we are fond of and are ever thinking of: Write them upon the table of thy heart, as the names of the friends we dearly love, we say, are written in our hearts. let the word of God dwell richly in us, and be written there where it will be always at hand to be read. Where sin was written (Jeremiah 17:1) let the word of God be written. It is the matter of a promise (Hebrews 8:10, I will write my law in their hearts), which makes the precept practicable and easy. 5. As that which we are intimately acquainted and conversant with (Proverbs 7:4): “Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, whom I dearly love and take delight in; and call understanding thy kinswoman, to whom thou art nearly allied, and for whom thou hast a pure affection; call her thy friend, whom thou courtest.” We must make the word of God familiar to us, consult it, and consult its honour, and take a pleasure in conversing with it. 6. As that which we make use of for our defence and armour, to keep us from the strange woman, from sin, that flattering but destroying thing, that adulteress; particularly from the sin of uncleanness, Proverbs 7:5. Let the word of God confirm our dread of that sin and our resolutions against it; let it discover to us its fallacies and suggest to us answers to all its flatteries.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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My son:

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:


Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.
Revelation 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.


Proverbs 2:1-7 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; ... He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Proverbs 10:14 Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.
Deuteronomy 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Job 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
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