Proverbs 1:9

9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Proverbs 1:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
ESV
9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
NLT
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
MSG
9 Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.
CSB
9 for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a [gold] chain around your neck.

Proverbs 1:9 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:9

For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head
The instructions and laws of parents being attended unto and obeyed by children, render them more lovely and amiable than any beautiful ornament whatever that can be put upon their heads;

and chains about thy neck;
be that unto them as chains of gold are to the neck, beautify and adorn them; so good works, done in obedience to God and parents, are ornaments of great price, and preferable to any outward adorning whatever; see ( 1 Timothy 2:9 1 Timothy 2:10 ) ( 1 Peter 3:3 1 Peter 3:4 ) . The allusions are unto, and the metaphors taken from, those things which are most pleasing and acceptable to children, as fine top knots and golden chains.

Proverbs 1:9 In-Context

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 3:21-22; Proverbs 4:1-9