Proverbs 23:12

12 Apply yourself to instruction and listen to words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:12

Apply thine heart unto instruction
To the instruction of parents, and to the instruction of ministers of the word; to the Scriptures, which are profitable to instruction in righteousness; to the instruction of wisdom, or to the Gospel of Christ, which instructs in things relating to him, and to salvation by him: or, "bring in thine heart to instruction" F25; not only bring thy body to the place of instruction, the house of God, but bring thine heart thither also; and thine ears to the words of knowledge;
the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the means of the knowledge of God and Christ, and of all divine, spiritual, and heavenly tidings; and of a growth in the knowledge of them; and therefore should be diligently hearkened and cordially attended to.


F25 (haybh) "adduc", Piscator; "vel fac ingredi", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus; "adduc et quasi praesens siste", Michaelis,

Proverbs 23:12 In-Context

10 Don't move an ancient property line, and don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Redeemer is strong, and He will take up their case against you.
12 Apply yourself to instruction and listen to words of knowledge.
13 Don't withhold correction from a youth; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
14 Strike him with a rod, and you will rescue his life from Sheol.
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